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Dershowitz: Please don't call me a full-fledged member of Trump's defense team


Added 01-17-20 08:35:01pm EST - “"I think it overstates it to say I'm a member of the Trump team."” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Dershowitz: Please don't call me a full-fledged member of Trump's defense team”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

He’s trying to spin his participation in Trump’s defense as some sort of quasi-academic exercise more so than advocacy on behalf of a particular client. It’s not that he’s for Trump, you see, it’s that he’s against the idea that a president can be impeached for exercising power which he’s constitutionally authorized to exercise. (He’s dead wrong about that, but whatever.) Trump’s own lawyers, led by the able Pat Cipollone, could and would make that point on the president’s behalf at trial, though. And Dershowitz could continue to make it himself in TV appearances and op-eds, as he’s done for months.

Instead he’s agreed to join the defense. Except that he’s not joining-joining it, he wants us to understand.

Some on Twitter think his reluctance to fully embrace Trump here is related to the Epstein allegations against him, as if it’s some sort of damage control he’s doing for the president knowing the sort of media heat his participation will bring on Trump. If he’s not really participating in the defense then it’s not quite fair to say that Trump hired a guy who represented Epstein and has been accused of abuse by one of Epstein’s victims, or so the argument goes. I don’t think that’s what this is about, though.

Dershowitz said on The Dan Abrams Show on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel, that he will just provide an hourlong constitutional defense of the president before the Senate as Trump goes on trial next week.

“I think it overstates it to say I’m a member of the Trump team. I was asked to present the constitutional argument that I would have presented had Hillary Clinton been elected and had she been impeached,” Dershowitz said.

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