Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said the next Democratic president will be impeached, thanks to the dangerous and reckless precedent the Democratic Party is setting with its sham impeachment.
Dershowitz — a lifelong liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. Constitutional Law.
He says it’s unconstitutional to impeach President Trump based on the dismal lack of evidence against him — especially on the amorphous “abuse of power” claim.
Accordingly, impeaching Trump would set into motion a dangerous slippery slope that will come back to bite the Democrats in the butt the next time a Democrat is elected president.
“They have created open-ended criteria which bear no relationship to the words of the Constitution itself,” Dershowitz told Fox News host Mark Levin. “If President Trump is impeached, it will set a terrible precedent which will weaponize impeachment.”
“So the next Democrat who gets elected will be impeached because [Republicans will] find an ‘abuse of power.’ It’s hard to find any president that can’t be accused of abuse of power.”
(Source: Fox News)
Dershowitz says using the Democrats’ current blueprint, anyone can accuse a president of “abuse of power” since it’s so vague and all-encompassing — especially how the Left is applying it to Trump.
“Opponents of a political leader — particularly during times of crisis — can always find ‘abuse of power.’ If you go through the lexicon of political opposition over the years, you will find the words ‘abuse of power’ used by virtually every opponent of every president.
And yet the other day when they had these hearings, all we heard about was ‘abuse of power,’ ‘abuse of authority,’ ‘putting personal and partisan interests over national interests.’ How many foreign-policy decisions have been made by presidents over the years in order to help them get reelected?
If we start making that an impeachable offense, there’ll be no presidents left. And we’ll have the English system, which is what James Madison said we don’t want.
In the English system, the prime minister serves at the will of the Parliament. The minute the Parliament says, ‘We don’t have any faith in you,’ he’s gone by a vote of no-confidence. That’s exactly what we didn’t want to empower the Congress to do in the United States.”
Alan Dershowitz emphatically stated that “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.” He 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. Alexander Hamilton said any act of Congress that is inconsistent with the Constitution is void.
Congress maybe can get away with impeaching because there won’t be judicial review. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be violating their oath of office. They would be abusing their power if they impeached President Trump on this record.”
Mark Levin, an attorney, noted that impeachment is a political — not a legal — process. However, that doesn’t mean the framers of the Constitution envisioned the process to be abused in the way Democrats are doing now.
“Of course not!” Dershowitz said. “And Maxine Waters has said the same thing.”
Dershowitz said Waters has repeatedly accused President Trump of thinking he’s “above the law.” In reality, Dershowitz said that’s exactly how Maxine Waters and the Democratic-led Congress are behaving now.
“[Waters thinks] she is above the law, that Congress is above the law,” he said. “Congress may be able to get away with it, but this confuses what Congress can get away with with what Congress is sworn to uphold.”
Dershowitz warned: “Any member of Congress who votes to impeach President Trump without a finding that he is guilty of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors is violating their oath of office and abusing their power. Maybe they can get away with it, but they are acting in an unconstitutional fashion.”
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