Appearing on Fox News, legal icon Alan Dershowitz who has both defended and been critical of President Trump in different scenarios is calling Pelosi’s holding of the articles of impeachment an “abuse of power.”
There’s nothing in the Constitution about articles of impeachment. There’s nothing in the Constitution about forwarding. As far as the American public is concerned, the president has been impeached. And that’s why it’s utterly unfair to suggest we don’t have to allow the Senate now to acquit him. There are two alternatives. If he hasn’t been impeached, Nancy Pelosi has to go to the media and say, ‘Please, all the media that says he has been impeached, please withdraw that. He’s not impeached. He’s presumed innocent. He’s absolutely innocent. His status hasn’t changed.’”
If he has been impeached, the Senate has to start its trial as soon as they choose to, Remember, the Senate is the sole judge of guilty or innocence of impeachment. And so the Democrats can’t have it both ways. They can’t sound the one hand — to the public we are saying he is impeached, but for the Senate, we’re saying he is not impeached. You know what I say?
This is obstruction of the Senate — exactly the same charge that made against the president. This is abuse of power from exactly the same charge they made against the president. It is wrong constitutionally. It is wrong morally. And it is wrong politically.