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Dershowitz Stresses Lib Cred Ahead Of Defense Against Trump Impeachment

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President Donald Trump speaks to attorney Alan Dershowitz, right, as he arrives for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:13 AM

Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on Sunday touted his “liberal Democrat” credentials ahead of his defense of President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial.

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Dershowitz said he will voice the constitutional argument that was successfully argued in President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial in 1868.

“I’m not here for a political discussion,” he told “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. “I’m a liberal Democrat who voted against the president… I’m here to present a constitutional argument the way I did in the [President Bill] Clinton impeachment.”

He also said he neither read nor signed the legal brief released by Trump’s legal team on Saturday outlining his defense.

“That’s not part of my mandate,” he said. “My mandate is to present the constitutional argument… [that] you can’t charge a president with impeachable conduct if it doesn’t fit in the criteria in the Constitution… it’s anything but an absurdist argument.”

"When you read the text of the Constitution, treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, ‘other’ really means that crimes and misdemeanors must be akin -- akin to treason and bribery," he asserted.

Dershowitz demurred on who’d he vote for in November, but declared: “I’ve always voted democratic." 

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