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Dershowitz says he'd defend Trump again in impeachment trial

Dershowitz says he'd defend Trump again in impeachment trial
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Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzDershowitz: Senate should dismiss impeachment article since Trump is private citizen Giuliani won't be part of Trump defense at Senate trial Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US MORE, the controversial celebrity attorney who defended President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE during his impeachment trial, said Friday that he would be willing to defend the president again should the House impeach him a second time.

Dershowitz, an opinion contributor for The Hill, said he did not believe Trump committed an impeachable offense in urging supporters to go to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The rioters eventually stormed the Capitol in what was became one of the darkest and most embarrassing episodes for the country in recent memory.

Many observers believe Trump played a direct role in inciting the mob to attack the Capitol, and event that led to the death of a Capitol Police officer and several others, many injuries, and the evacuation of lawmakers. 

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House Democrats are preparing to impeach Trump and Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseMcCaul urges senators to block vote on Commerce secretary over Huawei concerns The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House targets climate change in today's executive orders The Hill's Morning Report - Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure? MORE (R-Neb.) said he was willing to consider it on Friday morning.

But Dershowitz said it was not impeachable. 

"He has not committed a constitutionally impeachable offense and I would be honored to once again defend the Constitution against partisan efforts to weaponize it for political purposes,” Dershowitz told The Hill.

Trump egged on supporters at a rally just before the Capitol was hit, urging them to “fight” while repeating his claims that a fair election he lost had been rigged. 

Trump was impeached in a largely party-line vote in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was acquitted by the Senate last February, with only one GOP senator — Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump censure faces tough odds in Senate Bringing America back from the brink Former Sanders press secretary: Further means-testing of COVID-19 aid 'unconscionable' MORE (R-Utah) — voting to convict and remove Trump on the count of abuse of power.

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It’s unclear whether a second impeachment would be successful. Sixty-six senators would need to vote in favor of removing Trump. The effort would also likely need to move quickly, given that Trump only has 12 days remaining in office.

While Dershowitz is willing to defend Trump in another impeachment trial, it’s unclear whether the other attorneys who represented him the first time would do so also.

Trump’s legal team consisted of nine lawyers, including Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump, House GOP relationship suddenly deteriorates Dershowitz says he'd defend Trump again in impeachment trial Trump attorney Jay Sekulow refutes claims of Pence authority over electors MORE, Trump’s personal attorney, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone and other attorneys in the White House counsel’s office.