Jan 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Dershowitz says Democrats "completely failed" on impeachment


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Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump’s defense team, said on Fox News Sunday that the House impeachment managers failed to make a substantive case for removing the president from office.

Why it matters: Trump's team kept to a brief two hours on Saturday and stuck to conventional legal pushbacks.

What they're saying: "I think they presented the strongest case they could present on their facts, but they didn’t come close to alleging impeachable offenses," Dershowitz argued.

  • "They completely failed to meet that high constitutional standard and, therefore, it would be unconstitutional to remove a president based on the allegations that were made against them in the articles of impeachment," he added.

Shot/chaser: Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Dershowitz over comments he made in the 1999 impeachment trial against Bill Clinton that argued a crime was not needed for impeachment.

  • Dershowitz acknowledged the past remark but rebutted: "I’ve been immersing myself in dusty old books and I’ve concluded that, no, it has to be a crime."
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