Despite being a Democrat and a Hillary Clinton supporter, famed attorney Alan Dershowitz has been relentlessly critical of the Trump opposition for the last three years. Clear-eyed about the constitutional ramifications of what the FBI/DOJ did to Trump with the Russia hoax, sober of thought when it comes to all of the ludicrous court rulings that have come down against Trump’s executive orders, and wise enough, legally, to see through the Democrats’ schemes, he has inadvertently turned into one of Trump’s biggest defenders on cable television. And now, rumor has it that he might turn his side-career into the real thing and join President Trump’s impeachment defense team.
From The Daily Mail:
Donald Trump got up from his family Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-Lago to greet Alan Dershowitz amid reports the famed attorney could join the president’s impeachment team.
Trump got up from his table, where he was seated next to first lady Melania Trump, to walk over and talk to Dershowitz after reports his legal team has discussed bringing Dershowitz on board to help with the president’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
‘I was a guest of friends of mine. Not part of the Trump Christmas party. The president came over to say hello to me and my wife. We wished each other happy holidays,’ Dershowitz told DailyMail.com in a statement.
While Dershowitz is mum on the possibility of joining Trump’s legal team, he has already gone on record to endorse a legal avenue through which the president could take impeachment to the Supreme Court.
“Two former, well-respected justices of the Supreme Court first suggested that the judiciary may indeed have a role in reining in Congress were it to exceed its constitutional authority,” Dershowitz wrote in May. “Justice Byron White, a John F. Kennedy appointee, put it this way: ‘Finally, as applied to the special case of the President, the majority argument merely points out that, were the Senate to convict the President without any kind of trial, a Constitutional crisis might well result. It hardly follows that the Court ought to refrain from upholding the Constitution in all impeachment cases. Nor does it follow that, in cases of presidential impeachment, the Justices ought to abandon their constitutional responsibility because the Senate has precipitated a crisis.’”
But even if Trump is only concerned with defending himself in the Senate trial, Dershowitz could prove to be a valuable ally. Certainly, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) thinks so.
“I have advocated that there needs to be one other attorney that’s added to the mix for the president, and that is Alan Dershowitz,” Meadows said on the House Freedom Caucus podcast earlier this month. “I think he’d be great to come in, get Alan Dershowitz in to be part of that defense team.”
Well, the good thing about Nancy Pelosi dragging her heels over in the House, it gives Trump all the time he needs to craft the finest defense possible. Just another reason why Pelosi’s delay is among the dumbest things Washington has seen in a long time.