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.” Alan Dershowitz: 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.