Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said The Atlantic's reasoning for why President Donald Trump should be impeached is flawed and does not comply with the specific provisions of the Constitution "as it was written."
Yoni Appelbaum, a senior editor at The Atlantic Magazine, on Thursday wrote Trump's actions are an "attack on the very foundations of America's constitutional democracy" and called on the House of Representatives to immediately open a formal impeachment inquiry.
The president, he says, has failed to keep his oath of office and "routinely privileged his self-interest above the responsibilities of the presidency."
Additionally, Appelbaum said Trump has "demanded that public officials put their loyalty to him ahead of their duty to the public," "evinced little respect for the rule of law" and has "repeatedly trampled upon" Constitutional rights.
Dershowitz called Appelbaum's piece interesting and challenging, but said his argument is not valid as he "wants us to violate the Constitution, as it relates to impeachment." His criteria, argues Dershowitz, could also "be applied to nearly every president."
"We should not violate the Constitution in order to 'safeguard' it," he adds.
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