Dershowitz, Starr, Ray Joining Trump Impeachment Team

January 19, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr and Robert Ray, the independent counsels who investigated ex-President Bill Clinton, are joining President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal defense team.

Fox News, quoting a White House source, said former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Trump’s longtime personal counsel Jane Raskin will also work with the legal team.

Dershowitz will present oral arguments to the Senate concerning constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal according to a statement from an impeachment team spokesperson posted on Dershowitz’s Twitter account:

“Professor Dershowitz will present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal.. While Professor Dershowitz is non partisan when it comes to the constitution — he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton — he believes the issues at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution. He is participating in this impeachment trial to defend the integrity of the Constitution and to prevent the creation of a dangerous constitutional precedent.”

“The president asked me to do this, and the legal team asked me to do this,” Dershowitz told CNBC Friday morning.

The appointments of Ray and Starr were reported by multiple media outlets based on anonymous sources, and were not immediately confirmed.

CNN’s Dana Bash, commenting on the news, said she sees Trump’s hand “100%” in the choices of the top three.

“One thing I’ll say is that Dershowitz is an appellate lawyer,” said Bash. “He’s a professor. He’s on TV…I don’t know how many recent cases he’s actually tried.”

Dershowitz is a well-known figure in legal circles, having represented clients including O.J. Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein. Meanwhile, Ray succeeded Starr as special counsel in the Clinton investigation.

Ray and Starr have served as Fox News contributors. The network confirmed Friday that Starr is no longer one.

Trump’s legal team is led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and the president’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow.

However, reaction may be mixed to Dershowitz being added, Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports saying some White House officials told him they had hoped Trump would not pick Dershowitz.

However, Swan said a White House official told him Trump thinks Dershowitz is magnificent on television.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, now a Fox News contributor, said he thinks Sekulow and Cipollone will be doing most of the talking during the proceedings.

“Alan Dershowitz, I’m sure, is a great constitutional law professor,” said Gowdy. “I’m sure they weighed and balanced the pluses and minuses of adding him to the team. But you can only talk one at a time, and I would be shocked if Pat and Jay did not do most of the talking and this trial.”

via newsmax

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  1. FOFY286

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    January 20, 2020 @ 2:27 am

    IS EVERYONE COMMENTING SO DAMN SURE TRUMP IS A SURE SHOO IN TO WIN TO LET IT FAIL FROM INACTION??!!
    The articles that Mr. Dalton is providing here are good information including his comments on the implications and such. And I thought there would be comments concerning how to counteract the lies and twists the Democrat leaders are using to try and tear down the Trump administration. I see many, many, many, about the anger felt toward the leaders and candidates. I even see advice on what they might be better to concentrate on that would harm their chances. I see many that say get out and vote. Does anyone commenting need encouragement to vote? I think not. A quick and I am sure inaccurate count of commenters is about 100. 100 votes is important – 100 people doing something to help is MORE important.
    I hope, hope, and hope some more that there a 1000x more people reading these articles and then getting out and doing something! I have tried to provide my insights and additional information to be of use to others who are taking action.
    I HAVE OUTLINED AT LEAST ONE MEANS TO GET THE FOLLOWERS OF THE INSANE DEMOCRATS TO SEE SOME REASON.
    I HAVE EVEN VOLUNTEERED TO CREATE A SITE WHERE WE COULD PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER FOR IDEAS TO STUMBLE THE MASSES OUT THERE THAT ARE WORSHIPPING THE COLLAPSE OF OUR COUNTRY.
    HOW ABOUT IT – ARE WE TALKERS OR ARE WE DOERS? [I have a great deal of difficulty typing. Five or six times as long as the slowest one you are likely to know but I take time I probably should not to comment here. Pls tell me if it is a waste.]

  2. Kerry Hansen

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    January 20, 2020 @ 2:31 am

    I like Alan Dershowitz. Even though he is a Democrat, he has been saying the President did not do anything illegal as defined by the Constitution!

  3. FOFY286

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    January 20, 2020 @ 3:31 am

    Alan Dershowitz is a good choice when you consider the caliber of the law professors involved in the impeachment articles. He has more recognition in terms of the public and every time he has been asked to comment his responses have been very clearly unbiased, critical at times. With the ongoing claims that everything Trump does or says is a lie and that the Senate is just as preloaded as the democrat in Congress Alan is a stumbling block for them.
    As Alan is keeping to the constitutional issues then at least on the process of the Senate hearing there will be no question as to how appropriate it will be. The Democratic leaders will scream that the verdict is based on a technicality and Trump is even more guilty than before for rigging it.
    In other words acquittal will change nothing in the PRSDs approach. A finding of not guilty will be equally useless unless the whole affair is dragged out with the both the Bidens and others being called, the falsified information clearly exposed, those contributors to the articles who are open to perjury charges are so charged and the legality or illegality of the methods also brought out into the open on legal grounds and actions taken to bring charges against those involved. Even if none of the charges bring about legal actions they will be very useful in offsetting the claims of a rigged hearing.
    A comment was made about tails I win and heads you loose and is very aptly applied to this whole situation.

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