Meadows says he's advocating for Trump to add Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team

Meadows says he's advocating for Trump to add Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team
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Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.) in a podcast on Wednesday said he thinks Harvard professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzTrump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Fox's Chris Wallace asks if Trump legal team filled with people who have their own axe to grind The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr MORE should be a member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE's legal team for his impeachment trial in the Senate.

“I have advocated that there needs to be one other attorney that's added to the mix for the president. And that is Alan Dershowitz,” Meadows, a close Trump ally, said on the House Freedom Caucus podcast on Wednesday. “I think he'd be great to come in, get Alan Dershowitz in to be part of that defense team.”

Dershowitz would be a controversial choice. Earlier this week, the famed lawyer said he was kept off a panel of constitutional scholars who testified before the House Judiciary Committee last week because of the accusation that he sexually assaulted a victim of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. He has asserted the allegations against him have been disproved.

“They wanted me to be there. They called and asked me if I would be willing to testify, and I said I would. And then as a result of these false accusations against me regarding the Jeffrey Epstein matter, accusations which I have disproved,” Dershowitz, who is also an opinion contributor for The Hill, told host John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 radio show on Sunday. “Just because there is an accusation out there, the decision was made not to use me."

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Meadows said Trump wants his legal team to include lawyers and House Republicans who will manage the impeachment defense in the Senate.

The North Carolina Republican floated the names of Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump to add Dershowitz, Ken Starr to impeachment defense team MORE, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone as potential contenders. 

“The president believes that it needs to be a combination of lawyers from his team. So perhaps a Jay Sekulow, a Pat Cipollone, some of their team. They've got some very capable lawyers in the general counsel's office,” Meadows said. 

“And three or four members of Congress to actually bring forth some of this institutional knowledge and help with that and that's been really at the president's insistence that there be this really two-pronged approach and making sure that he's properly defended.”

The House is expected to hold votes on the two articles of impeachment next week, which are likely to pass along party lines.