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Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr to Join Trump Impeachment Defense Team

How Mc Connell is trying to keep GOP unified Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr to Join Trump Impeachment Defense Team
Bennie Garza | 19 January, 2020, 04:21

It is only the third impeachment trial in United States history.

The three seasoned lawyers are expected to join a legal team headed by Cipollone and Sekulow, who are still expected to deliver statements on the President's behalf on the Senate floor.

The two articles, aimed at ousting Trump from office, form the basis of a trial that will begin on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The trial could even result in Mr Trump becoming the first President to be dismissed from office, although such an event seems unlikely. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial". "We think, at that point, they wouldn't need to hear anything else because this is an extraordinarily weak case for the House managers".

The trial will determine whether Mr Trump is removed from office.

But he has been embroiled in impeachment since he signed an October letter declaring that the White House would not turn over documents or otherwise cooperate with impeachment investigators - a letter that Democrats later made exhibit A of Trump's obstruction of Congress.

Starr investigated former president Bill Clinton and helped to pave the way for his 1998 impeachment.

As they have said for weeks, the president's lawyers asserted in Saturday's filing that the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump are "invalid on their face" because they do not accuse the president of breaking any law.

While stressing his liberal bona fides, Dershowitz differentiated between his personal feelings about Trump and his views on the Constitution.

It's simply who Trump is, the source continued, adding Trump loves having people who are on television working for him.

They called Mr. Trump's attempt to get Ukraine to discredit his political adversaries "part of an ongoing pattern of misconduct for which the president is unrepentant". They argued that Mr. Trump's attempts to prevent witnesses from testifying in what the president has called a "sham" impeachment inquiry is a legitimate exercise of executive privilege that is essential to guard the authority and prerogatives of the presidency.

In 2016, Mr Starr was ousted as president of Baylor University, a private Baptist institution in Texas, after an investigation by an outside law firm determined that university leaders had mishandled accusations of sexual assault by football players.

Sanders said that even with the importance of the trial before the Senate, "we can not forget the very serious problems facing the American people".

Trump has been telling associates and allies around him that he wanted a "high profile" legal team that can perform on television, the source said.

"We will take the facts head on and we believe that the facts will prove, and have proven, that the president did absolutely nothing wrong", the source said. He also pushed back when asked if the Democratic-led impeachment process was a "farce".

Other members of Trump's legal defense include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general; Jane Raskin, who was part of the president's legal team during the Mueller's investigation; Robert Ray, who was part of the Whitewater investigation of the Clintons; and Eric D. Herschmann of the Kasowitz Benson Torres legal firm, which has represented Trump in numerous cases over the last 15 years.

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