Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, who worked diligently to convince the Senate last year that President Trump had not committed impeachable acts, said Friday that he would be more than happy to take the case again. With Democrats threatening to bring a second impeachment proceeding against Trump in relation to the incitement of violence at the Capitol, Dershowitz said he wouldn’t hesitate to defend the president against the charges.
Dershowitz said that he did not believe that Trump’s actions and/or words at Wednesday’s “Rally to Save America” constituted the incitement of violence. As such, he said he did not think that the words rose to the level of an impeachable offense, regardless of what happened after the fact.
“He has not committed a constitutionally impeachable offense and I would be honored to once again defend the Constitution against partisan efforts to weaponize it for political purposes,” Dershowitz said in an interview with The Hill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 165 House Democrats have signed on to an intent to begin impeachment proceedings against the president, but several Republicans in Congress are pleading with President-elect Joe Biden to put an end to the madness. In a letter, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and his colleagues urged Biden to lay his hand on Pelosi’s shoulder and tell her to stand down.
“We believe the Constitution is clear that the role of Congress is simply to count the electoral votes,” Buck wrote. “The Twelfth Amendment does not give Congress the authority or discretion to disqualify electors based on its own findings or beliefs that fraud took place. Nor does the Constitution envision impeaching a President without an adequate investigation and congressional hearings.”
While there has been plenty of zeal on the left to impeach Trump for a second time, the chances that the Senate would even have time for a trial, much less a vote to convict, are somewhere between slim and none.
“The Senate is currently in recess and is holding pro forma sessions every three days until January 19. Pursuant to the unanimously approved order setting up the recess and these pro forma sessions, the Senate may conduct no business until January 19,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in a letter to senators this week. “Without unanimous consent, the Senate may not conduct any business of any kind during pro forma sessions, including beginning to act on received articles of impeachment from the House.”
The inevitable dead-end of acquittal (or just…nothing) will probably not stop House Democrats; it certainly didn’t the last time. But this go-it-alone tactic will only make it look like the latest, last effort to score meaningless political points at the expense of the president they hate most.
For politicians who constantly talk about the need to unite the country, they certainly seem clueless on the best way to do it.