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 MeadowsHouse Judiciary to hear whistleblowers on 'politicization' of Justice Dept under Trump How Trump cleared the park around the White House for church photo op Trump visits historic DC church after protesters cleared with tear gas MORE (R-N.C.) in a podcast on Wednesday said he thinks Harvard professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzMoussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Frist says Manhattan Project-like initiative necessary to fight virus; WH to release plan for easing lockdowns The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE should be a member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests 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 SekulowAppeals court rejects Trump effort to throw out emoluments case Supreme Court divided over fight for Trump's financial records   Meadows joins White House in crisis mode 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.