Dershowitz Unloads On House Democrats Over Impeachment Inquiry
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During an interview with Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday evening, Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz shredded Democrats over their ongoing impeachment inquiry, saying that it is "unconstitutional."
“It would be unconstitutional for President Trump to be impeached on the current record. It would be an utter abuse of the power of Congress," Dershowitz explained. "The constitution sets out four criteria for impeaching a President; treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Unless one of those criteria is met, Congress does not have the authority to impeach, and if they do, their impeachment would be void.”
Dershowitz has been very vocal during the ongoing impeachment hearings. Last week, Dershowitz debunked many claims made by impeachment "witnesses" during Rep. Adam Schiff's final impeachment hearing.
One of these "witnesses" was Democratic Professor Pamela Karlan who of course argued for impeaching the President.
Dershowitz clearly wasn't buying it considering he shredded her in a series of tweets.
"Professor Carlin’s partisanship was evident in her testimony. Would she have made the arguments she made if Hillary Clinton had been elected and were being impeached on similar grounds ? Does she pass the “shoe on the other foot” test? (1 of 2)" he tweeted.
He continued: "Hamilton said the greatest danger is that impeachment would be used in a partisan manner. This is the first time in our history that impeachment may be voted along partisan lines."
Another far-left professor who was invited to the hearing was Professor Michael Gerhardt who said if congress fails to impeach President Trump, then 'process has lost all meaning.'
Dershowitz made sure to hammer him as well: "Professor Gerhardt is wrong in arguing that a president can be impeached for insisting that the courts resolve conflicts between the legislative and executive branched. Our system of checks and balances permits a president to resist congressional subpoenas if he believes that the information sought is privileged. It is the function of the judicial branch to resolve such disputes," he tweeted.
Dershowitz's comments with Mark Levin come as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is ramping up the impeachment inquiry. During an interview on Sunday, Nadler admitted that the House was purposely keeping the impeachment inquiry out of the courts because it would take too long.
The comments by the Chairman came during an interview with CNN host Dana Bash who asked why House Democrats didn't push for first hand witnesses.
“But the Founders, who we heard a lot about in your committee last week, set up a third co-equal branch of government, the courts, to resolve differences like this but you have not tried to go to the courts to compel these witnesses to testify,” Bash said. “With something as grave and momentous as impeachment, why not?”
“Well first of all we have gone to the courts —” Nadler tried saying.
“Not on this issue,” Bash said.
Nadler tried arguing that they had gone to the courts for former White House counsel Don McGahn.
“But not on Ukraine and impeachment inquiry —” Bash replied.
“And what we have found is that the courts take months and months,” Nadler finally admitted.
“The president and the executive branch are duty-bound to cooperate with Congress in any legitimate inquiry and the president’s absolute failure to do so and defiance is an act against the separation of powers and against the constitutional scheme and shouldn’t require anything from the courts,” Nadler wrongfully claimed. “Now the courts are a way to try to enforce this but much too slow of a way,” Nadler finished.
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