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Dershowitz: Pelosi Holding On To Articles Of Impeachment "Abuse Of Power," Obstruction Of Senate

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Alan Dershowitz called it an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of the Senate" for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold the articles of impeachment in the House.

"This is an abuse of power, exactly the same charge they made against the president. It's wrong constitutionally. It's wrong morally and it's wrong politically," Dershowitz said Monday on FNC's 'Hannity.'

"The real victims here are the American people and the Constitution," he continued. "The Constitution has been damaged by this ploy being used by Nancy Pelosi who I have long admired but this is a very bad time for the United States Constitution."

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: There's nothing in the Constitution about articles of impeachment. There's nothing about forwarding. As far as the American public is concerned the president has been impeached and that's why it was utterly unfair to suggest that we don't have to allow the Senate now to acquit him. So, 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 have said he's impeached, please withdraw that. Correct it. He's not impeached. He's presumed innocent. He's absolutely innocent. His status hasn't changed. And if he has been impeached the Senate has to start their trial as soon as they choose to. Remember the Senate is the sole judge of guilt or innocence of impeachment. And so the Democrats can't have it both ways. They can't say on the one hand to the public we're saying he's impeached but for the Senate we're saying he's not impeached. You know what I say? This is obstruction of the Senate. Exactly the same charge they made against the president. This is an abuse of power, exactly the same charge they made against the president. It's wrong constitutionally. It's wrong morally and it's wrong politically.

The real victims here are the American people and the Constitution. The Constitution has been damaged by this ploy being used by Nancy Pelosi who I have long admired but this is a very bad time for the United States Constitution.


Dershowitz also trashed The New Yorker's David Remnick as the "poster child of what is wrong with the media."

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: There is no legal binding precedent but the Constitution is clear that impeachment is a process. It starts with the House and it must go to the Senate. It would be utterly unconstitutional for Speaker Pelosi to accept my colleague Larry Tribe's idea that is impeach but don't ever bring it to the Senate so the impeachment hangs over the president's head forever with no opportunity to vindicate himself. But I want to comment about one thing. You showed David Remnick before saying that the world is coming to an end. I have to comment about that because David Remnick is the problem today. He is the poster child for what's wrong with the media. He makes up facts. He wrote a story in the New Yorker. I tell the story about it in my book, "Guilt by Accusation." He makes up a story about something that happened to my family. He got it from a Neo-Nazi Holocaust denial website. Never sent it to a fact-checker to check and published it as fact. Totally made up story. That's David Remnick. The New Yorker has the lowest ratio of credibility to apparent credibility of any media in the country. Nobody should take anything that the New Yorker says under David Remnick's leadership seriously. He just makes up facts and uses Neo-Nazi sources to source his facts.



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