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Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:16 PM

Trump's team announced yesterday a witness in impeachment proceedings

Alan Dershowitz went on TV and said his role is very limited, he has no control over strategy or tactics. All he will do is argue constitutional matters.

He described the role of an expert witness.

This could be used by House Managers to open the flood gates.

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Reply Trump's team announced yesterday a witness in impeachment proceedings (Original post)
ArcticFox Jan 2020 OP
onenote Jan 2020 #1
Eyeball_Kid Jan 2020 #2
ArcticFox Jan 2020 #3
onenote Jan 2020 #4
Bayard Jan 2020 #5

Response to ArcticFox (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:19 PM

1. Not really. They described the role of a lawyer making a legal argument.

That doesn't make him a witness any more than any lawyer making a legal defense argument.

It's not going to be used by the House Managers because they're actually pretty smart lawyers.

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Response to onenote (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:25 PM

2. House managers can challenge Derschowitz' role in the trial and file a motion to disqualify him.

He's either on the defense team or he isn't. If he's not on the defense team, he has no business making a speech, except as a witness. If he's a witness, then the House can call witness. But for now, he's denying that he's on the defense team. So, what is he?

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Response to onenote (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:29 PM

3. But he accepts no responsibility beyond that one hour argument

Sounds more like an expert on the Constitution and less like a part of the legal team

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Response to ArcticFox (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:41 PM

4. where does one find a requirement that every lawyer on a defense team

have equal responsibilities for all issues?

I've been involved in lots of cases in which the legal team is made up of lawyers with expertise in different areas and whose role as part of the legal team has been limited to the area in which they are specialists. It doesn't make them witnesses.

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Response to ArcticFox (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 01:49 PM

5. Lawrence Tribe was on Chris Hayes last night

Chris played the previous clip of Dershowitz holding forth about how impeachment, as described in the Constitution, was not written to be used to remove a president from office. And a lot of other complete bullshit. You could see Tribe listening, dumbfounded. He said, Dershowitz is so wrong, I don't even know where to begin.

As an aside, Tribe was a professor for Chief Justice John Roberts at Harvard.

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