Alan Dershowitz dismantles Dems’ case: Nothing from Bolton accusations is impeachable offense

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Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says even if the claims from John Bolton’s unpublished book manuscript were true, President Trump committed no impeachable offenses. (screenshot)

Alan Dershowitz — an internationally recognized expert on U.S. Constitutional Law and a Harvard Law School professor emeritus — dismantled the Democrats’ sham impeachment case during an impassioned speech on the Senate floor.

Dershowitz dismissed the breathless media hype surrounding fired national security adviser John Bolton’s unpublished book, saying even if ALL of Bolton’s claims were true, President Trump did not commit any impeachable offenses.

Rumors about the content of Bolton’s book were conveniently leaked to the New York Times on Sunday — the day before the second week of the Senate impeachment trial.

The book allegedly claims that Trump had told Bolton that he planned to withhold aid to Ukraine unless it investigated Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s shady Ukraine dealings.

Dershowitz — a lifelong liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — said even if that claim were true, President Trump did nothing that warrants impeachment.

“If a president — any president — were to have done what the Times reported about the context of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute an impeachable offense.

Let me repeat: Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an ‘abuse of power’ or an impeachable offense.

That is clear from the language of the Constitution. You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using words like ‘quid pro quo’ and ‘personal benefit.’

By their very nature, words like abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are standardless. It’s impossible to put standards into words like that. Both are subjective matters of degree and amenable to varying partisan interpretations.

Don’t allow your subjective judgments to determine what is and is not an impeachable offense.”


(Source: C-Span)

Dershowitz continued: “It is inconceivable that the framers would have intended so politically-loaded and promiscuously-deployed a term as ‘abuse of power’ to be weaponized as a tool of impeachment. It is precisely the kind of vague, open-ended and subjective term that the framers feared and rejected.”

Alan Dershowitz has repeatedly pointed out that it’s unconstitutional to impeach President Trump based on the Democrats’ flimsy case — especially on the amorphous “abuse of power” claim.

Accordingly, Dershowitz warned that impeaching Trump would set into motion a dangerous slippery slope that will boomerang on the Democrats 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 said in December 2019. “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.”

In his speech on the Senate floor, Dershowitz argued that the Democrats’ two impeachment articles — “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” — are not impeachable offenses and were never mentioned in the Constitution as grounds to undo a national election.

“I am here today because I love my country and our Constitution,” Dershowitz said. “Our Constitution and its terms ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ do not encompass the two articles charging ‘abuse of power’ and ‘obstruction of Congress.’

Dershowitz continued: “Here’s what [Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters] said: ‘Impeachment is whatever Congress says it is. There is no law.’ But this lawless view would place Congress above the law. It would place Congress above the Constitution. For Congress to ignore the specific words of the Constitution itself and substitute its own judgments would be for Congress to do what it is accusing the President of doing. And no one is above the law — not the President and not Congress.”

Dershowitz concluded by saying:  “I respectfully urge the distinguished members of this great body to think beyond the emotions of the day and to vote against impeaching on the unconstitutional articles now before you.”

“To remove a duly elected president and to prevent the voters from deciding his fate on the basis of these articles would neither do justice to this President nor to our enduring Constitution.  Impeaching would deny both justice to an individual and justice to our Constitution.”

Reminder: John Bolton is a saber-rattling war monger that President Trump fired because he kept pushing the U.S. into another bloody war –this time with Iran.

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