Ship and Dershowitz spar over the question of whether the abuse of power is impeachable offense

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Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the lead impeachment manager, and Alan Dershowitz, a member of the President Trump the legal team, bite in the enemy’s interviews on Sunday about whether the President accused can be convicted of abuse of power.

Dershowitz, a retired professor at Harvard Law School, the late arrival of the Trump legal team, said in an interview on ABC’s “This week” that there is a “strong” argument that a President not be indicted for abuse of power.

To support his argument, Dershowitz the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson referred you, where justice Benjamin Curtis – who defended the President said that evidence of a crime was necessary to keep a sitting President from office. Johnson was acquitted during his Senate trial.


“I make an argument similar to the argument that the great justice Curtis,” Dershowitz said. “The argument is a strong one. The Senate should hear it.”

Dershowitz went on to argue that the founding fathers worried about, that Congress have too much power and that charges could be used as a political tool in the party political power of the policy battles.

“You can’t calculate that a President with impeachable behavior, if it does not fit within the criteria for the Constitution,” Dershowitz said.


The ship, whose report as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, led eventually to trump indicted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, called the argument of Dershowitz and other supporters of the President that he is accused of abuse of power “absurd” and added that “you are too far out of the mainstream” in order to find someone who believes in that argument.

“They had to leave the field of constitutional law scholars, and you go to criminal defense lawyers,” ship said in a separate interview on ABC’s “This week.”


The two talks took place a day after Trump’s legal team reveal a fiery response to a brief that was said by house Democrats, the President, the confidence of the public, with the behavior that was the “worst nightmare” of the fathers.

Trump’s legal team, reacts to the Senate the official summons for the court hearing, said the President “categorically and unequivocally” denies the allegations of abuse and disability against him.

“This is a brazen and illegal attempt to overthrow the results of the election in 2016, and disturb the 2020 election, now just months away”, according to the President, the filing States.


Vessel on Sunday to protest, to say that the legal team filing, it was given to read a “surprising”, the lack of expansion on the “failed arguments we heard in the house.”

“The facts are not seriously in question,” he said. “The only thing that is really new to the President of the defense that they were arguing now, I think, because you can’t deny the facts that the President is accused of abusing the powers of his office.”

Question in the impeachment case, are the allegations to announce that Trump asked the Ukraine, an examination of the political and Democratic rival Joe Biden, held at the same time the White house back almost $400 million in aid from the former Soviet Republic, as it is in front of a hostile Russia on its border.


The Government Accountability Office, said last week the administration violated Federal law, by the retention of the resources in the Ukraine. The money was later released after Congress complains.

The house briefly and said: “President Trump the misconduct poses a threat to our democratic processes, our national security and our commitment to the rule of law. He must be removed from office. Trump’s lawyers argue that the articles in the indictment, need not be declared unconstitutional, in and of themselves, and invalid because they claim a crime.

Under the Constitution, the question of confidence is a political, not a criminal, process, and the President may be removed from office if found guilty of what the legislature as a “high crime and misdemeanor.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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