As news broke on Friday morning of the new, heavy-hitting additions to President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team, many praised the president and some in the media, including Fox News’ Chris Wallace, appeared to be skeptical of what he suspects of the new members having ulterior motives.
According to Mediaite, Wallace questioned the addition of Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, former Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Pam Bondi and others as he delivered his opinion on why he believes they may have joined Trump’s team.
“The chief counsel for the president, Pat Cipollone, is going to be leading the team. If I were he, I would not be particularly pleased with the team that that the president has assembled,” Wallace said.
Wallace then urged White House lead counsel Pat Cipollone to essentially take a closer look at how the impeachment might play out with such names on board.
“Or are these a bunch of people who each have their own ax to grind and their own ego to fill? I would think Pat Cipollone, who is a very good lawyer himself, might want a team that would fall more into line than it looks like some of these will,” Wallace added.
As Mediaite also reported, Dershowitz will reportedly be in charge of oral arguments on the Senate floor. A spokesperson on Trump’s legal team issued a statement on Twitter Friday morning clarifying Dershowitz’s impartiality in the matter, but also highlighted his strong belief that this particular impeachment could set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.
“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 tweeted statement said.
Wallace’s disapproval of Trump’s impeachment defense team comes in the wake of earlier criticisms of the president and the impeachment charges against him. In December, Wallace said that the allegations faceing Trump were “far broader than the Clinton impeachment.”
The impeachment trial is expected to begin next Tuesday, January 21.