Senate Doesn’t Need To Wait On House Before They Do Impeachment Trial – Dershowitz
…the Senate has the “sole power to try all impeachments.” ~Alan Dershowitz
Via Gatestone Institute:
Under Laurence Tribe’s scenario, the House Democrats get to “obstruct” the Senate and “abuse” their power (to borrow terms from the articles of impeachment).
I believe that the Senate need not wait for articles of impeachment to be transmitted. Senators are empowered by the constitution to begin a trial now — with or without further action by the House. Just as the House has the “sole power of impeachment,” so too the Senate has the “sole power to try all impeachments.”
Tribe and the Democratic House majority, led by Speaker Pelosi, want to have their constitutional cake and eat it too: they want Trump impeached but not acquitted. Sorry, but the Constitution does not permit that partisan, result-oriented ploy. Either Trump has been impeached and is entitled to a Senate trial; or he has not been impeached and is entitled to a clean slate.
So there are only two constitutionally viable alternatives: either Pelosi must announce that Trump has not been impeached; or the Senate must initiate a trial. Preserving the status quo indefinitely — Trump remaining impeached without having a trial — is unconstitutional and should not be tolerated by the American people.
President Trump did not make Christmas Eve a silent night on the impeachment quandary, as he tweeted from Palm Beach, Florida:
“Everything we’re seeing from Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer suggests that they’re in real doubt about the evidence they’ve brought forth so far not being good enough, and are very, very urgently seeking a way to find some more evidence. The only way to make this work is to mount some kind of public pressure to demand witnesses, but [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell has the votes and he can run this trial anyway he wants to.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2019
Dershowitz to join The Trump Team?
President Trump met and chatted with Alan Dershowitz during Christmas eve dinner on Tuesday evening at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Rumors that Dershowitz could be added to Trump’s defense team gained traction last week when he attended the White House Hanukkah party and was asked by Trump to speak at the event.
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