Harvard law professor and lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who was recently reported to have a role in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, apparently has such an important and strong opening argument to make against Democrats that he claims no witnesses will even need to be called for the remainder of the trial.
According to The Hill, Dershowitz is expected to argue against the removal of the president from office based “solely on the Constitutional issue.”
The professor claims that even if Trump is, in fact, guilty of the two articles of impeachment drafted against him — which include obstruction of Congress and abuse of power — that they still do not meet the Constitutional definition of an impeachable offense.
“I’m making what could be the most important argument on the floor of the Senate,” Dershowitz said on Sunday during CNN’s State of the Union. “If my argument succeeds, if my argument prevails … then there is no need for witnesses.”
Dershowitz again claimed that unless the House has charges that do meet the definition of being impeachable, then the trial is all but over, essentially before it even gets started.
Whether or not witnesses will be called by either side during the Senate impeachment trial has been a major point of contention between the two parties. Trump’s top allies in the upper chamber claim that witnesses aren’t necessary at this point, but Democrats insist that calling witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton is fair game in order for House Managers to make their case against the president.
Sen. Rand Paul and some others have warned that if Democrats are allowed to call witnesses, then he will force a vote to call on the likes of Hunter Biden to testify in an effort to even the playing field. If witnesses are called, it’s not yet known whether or not their testimonies will be on live television, as was the case with witnesses called during the House portion of the impeachment inquiry.
Dershowitz will join former Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr, among other high-profile legal defense experts — on Trump’s impeachment defense team.
The Senate impeachment trial is expected to begin on Tuesday, January 21 with a vote to set the rules.