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Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) used part of his opening argument at President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial Wednesday to trash Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz — for the second day in a row.
Schiff claimed that White House lawyers could not support the claim that “abuse of power” was not an impeachable offense under the Constitution’s standard for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Apparently they could not go to their own Attorney General, who was just reported, in a memo he wrote, as part of the audition for Attorney General, which opined that a president can be impeached for abusing the public trust. Couldn’t go to Bill Barr for that opinion. Couldn’t go to even Jonathan Turley, their expert in the House for that opinion. No, they had go outside of these experts, outside of the constitutional law, to a criminal defense lawyer and professor. And why? Because they can’t contest the facts.
Schiff - Disparaging - Comments - Dershowitz - Tuesday
Schiff made similar disparaging comments about Dershowitz on Tuesday, during arguments over procedural motions (original emphasis):
Now they also made the argument that you’ll also hear more later on from, apparently, Professor Dershowitz that, “Well, abuse of power is not an impeachable offense.”
It’s interesting that they had to go...
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