Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and former Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr have reportedly been recruited by President Donald Trump to serve on the president’s impeachment team of legal counsel for the upcoming impeachment trial to be held in the U.S. Senate.
According to CNN, Dershowitz, a constitutional scholar, will join the high-profile team of legal counsel, headed by White House lawyer Pat Cipollone. Kenneth Starr, who famously investigated the Clintons during the Whitewater scandal, will also join the team — providing Trump a “deep bench” in the legal sense.
The president has reportedly been in talks with Dershowitz for several weeks about possibly joining the impeachment legal defense team. Trump has also reportedly sought the professor’s counsel and advice with regard to the Mueller investigation last year.
Trump’s administration has reportedly purposely kept those chosen for his legal team close to the proverbial vest, as an attempt to recruit Trey Gowdy last year only lasted for several hours until it was revealed that federal lobbying laws prevented the former South Carolina lawmaker from working for the president.
Politico also reported that Robert Ray, another Whitewater special prosecutor, will be joining Trump’s legal team. They described the three additions of heavy-hitting legal scholars as “clean-up hitter,” who will have speaking roles in the process and come in behind Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, to close out the trial.
Trump’s impeachment trial is slated to begin, according to reports from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Tuesday, January 21. The start of the trial comes in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues’ decision to formally transfer the impeachment articles to the upper chamber after nearly four weeks of withholding them.
As previously reported by Daily Sounder, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham — a top Republican ally of the president — predicted this week that the Senate will hand down a bipartisan acquittal and guessed that that the Senate trial would be wrapped within a week’s time.