House Intelligence chairman and lead impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff pushed back on the President's argument that he can't be impeached for abuse of power, calling it an "absurdist position". Please do your part today.
Last week, the House of Representatives delivered the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democratic members of Congress as the managers who will argue the case for impeachment.
SENATE TRIAL: None other than John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, will preside over this case.
Dershowitz explained his constitutional argument in an ABC TV interview with George Stephanopolous Sunday evening. It asserts that the impeachment inquiry, centered on Trump's request that Ukraine's president open an investigation into Democratic rival Biden, was never about finding the truth. "They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone 'high Crimes and Misdemeanors, ' as required by the Constitution".
Dershowitz, who has long defended Trump publicly, was revealed to be joining Trump's legal team for the Senate trial on Friday.
This mood music doesn't fundamentally change the polarized national political dynamic that will likely ensure that Trump is nowhere near threatened by a two-thirds Senate majority needed to eject him from office.
Rejecting the charges, Trump's lawyers reiterated the president's insistence, echoed by many of his fellow Republicans in Congress, that the charges are nothing more than a partisan attempt to remove him from office, a "dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president". "He must be removed from office". It is meant as a counter to a filing two days ago from House Democrats that summarized weeks of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses in laying out the impeachment case.
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Trump's memo shows that his team will press that argument. Mr Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor who describes himself as a liberal Democrat, insisted "abuse of power" - one of the articles of impeachment - did not give a legal justification for the removal of a president.
"I intend during the trial to be respectful of the senators, to operate from the presumption that they do take their oaths seriously, but also with the knowledge that Americans are watching, that they're going to demand a fair trial", Schiff said.
Florida's other senator, Connie Mack III, a Republican, voted guilty on both counts.
In response to the charge Trump obstructed Congress by directing members of the executive branch to not comply with subpoenas, the lawyers said those actions were a legitimate assertion of "confidentiality interests grounded in the separation of powers".
But the "no crime, no impeachment" approach has been roundly dismissed by scholars and Democrats, who were fresh off a trial brief that called Trump's behavior the "worst nightmare" of the country's founders.
McConnell is angling for a speedy trial toward acquittal, and with Republicans holding the Senate majority, the proposal is likely to be approved by senators in the president's party.
"And number two, as Hamilton put it, the greatest danger is turning impeachment into a question of who has the most votes in which House, and rather than having a consensus and a broad view of impeachable conduct". He voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 but has nonetheless been a vocal public defender of Trump, writing a book titled "The Case Against Impeaching Trump". Republicans say that is proof that Trump did not engage in a reciprocal quid pro quo deal - the military aid in exchange for the investigations to help him politically.