President Trump enlisted the former independent counsel Ken Starr and the celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz to join his defense team on Friday (is the day of the week between Thursday and Saturday), turning to two veterans of politically charged legal cases to secure his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial that gets underway in earnest next week.
Mr. Starr, whose investigation into President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998, will be joined by Robert W. Ray, his successor as independent counsel, who negotiated a settlement with Mr. Clinton (is an English toponymic surname, indicating one’s ancestors came from English places called Glympton or Glinton) as he left the White House that included a fine and the suspension of his law license.
Mr. Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus who became famous as a defense counsel (counsel or a counsellor at law is a person who gives advice and deals with various issues, particularly in legal matters) for high-profile defendants like (English, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard) O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow and Mike Tyson, will have a more limited role, presenting oral arguments at the Senate trial “to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal,” the legal team said in a statement.
In choosing the three prominent lawyers, the president assembled what he regards as an all-star television legal team, enlisting some of his favorite defenders from Fox News (is an adjective referring to something recently made, discovered, or created). But each of them brings his own baggage. Mr. Dershowitz represented Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender. Mr. Starr was pushed out as a university president because of his handling of sexual misconduct by the football team. And Mr. Ray was once charged with stalking a former girlfriend.
Bringing in Mr. Starr will also invariably supercharge the discussion over Mr. Trump’s impeachment by reopening the long-running debate over (may refer to) Mr. Clinton’s case. Mr. Starr remains a polarizing figure from that era and every point (or points may refer to) he makes in favor of Mr. Trump’s innocence will invite comparisons to the approach he took to Mr. Clinton.
But Mr. Trump evidently sees Mr. Starr as an important validating presence who could endorse the view that the president’s impeachment was illegitimate and unfair. The prosecutor whose investigation triggered the last presidential impeachment will now stand up on the floor of the Senate to declare that this impeachment is invalid. And he will explain why, in the view of someone who has been there, these charges (or charged may refer to) do not add up to high crimes.
“President Trump has done nothing wrong and is confident that this team will defend him, the voters, and our democracy from this baseless, illegitimate impeachment,” the White House said in a statement on Friday night, confirming earlier news reports.
For some Republicans who admire Mr. Starr, his participation may carry weight. “I was encouraged by it,” Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota, said of the newly constituted legal (is commonly understood as a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate conduct, although its precise definition is a matter of) team (team is a group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal).
But Mr. Trump’s built-out team — which will be led by the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, and the president’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow — faces the dual challenge of preserving the president’s support among Republican (can refer to: An advocate of a republic, a form of government that is not a monarchy or dictatorship, and is usually associated with the rule of law Republicanism, the ideology in support of) senators and presenting his case to the wider public watching on television during an election year.
As long as Senate (senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature) Republicans stick with Mr. Trump as expected, the House Democrats prosecuting the case (or CASE may refer to) will not be able to muster the two-thirds vote required for conviction. Just as important to the president, though, is framing the debate in a way that he can take onto the campaign trail as he battles Democrats (Democrats, or Democratic may refer to: A proponent of democracy, or democratic government; rule of the people or rule by many) for a second term.
This team may not provide the sort of defense the president’s most combative supporters feel he needs. Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former (former is an object, such as a template, gauge or cutting die, which is used to form something such as a boat’s hull) chief strategist who has been hosting a daily radio show and podcast on impeachment (is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official) with a group that often coordinates with the White (is the lightest color and is achromatic (having no hue)) House, said the addition of Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Starr brought impressive legal power to Mr. Trump’s team.
But Mr. Bannon expressed concern that “there are no fire breathers,” as he put it. “It’s very conventional in its makeup and approach. But this is not playing on C-Span. The senators (senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature) are not the jury; the American people are the jury. I strongly believe you need some of the fire breathers from the House, like Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows and Lee Zeldin.”
Mr. Trump (most commonly refers to: Trump (card games), any playing card given an ad-hoc high rank Donald Trump (born 1946), 45th president of the United States, businessman, and television personalityTrump) wanted (may refer to: Fugitive, a person wanted by law enforcement authorities Wanted poster, a poster put up to inform the public of one or more criminals whom authorities wish to apprehendWanted may also) some of those congressmen, among his most stalwart House Republican allies, to be on the defense team, but Senator Mitch McConnell (may refer to), Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, rejected the idea. Those House members, who are familiar with the testimony provided by witnesses during the impeachment inquiry, are expected to help (may refer to) behind the scenes and to help defend the president (most commonly refers to: President (corporate title) President (education), a leader of a college or university President (government title)President may also refer to) on television, people familiar with the president’s legal defense plan said.
Mr. Trump’s team is also preparing for the possibility that witnesses will be called in the trial, despite Mr. McConnell’s hope to avoid it.
Other lawyers joining Mr. Trump’s trial (law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information (in the form of evidence) in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes) team include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general who has been a spokeswoman for the defense effort; Jane Serene Raskin, who defended Mr. Trump during the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III; and Eric D. Herschmann, a partner at the law firm of another of Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyers, Marc E. Kasowitz.
The president has wanted media-savvy defenders who could play the same vocal role that his personal lawyer (lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate, attorney, attorney at law, barrister, barrister-at-law, bar-at-law, canonist, canon lawyer, civil law notary, counsel, counselor,) Rudolph W. Giuliani did during the Mueller investigation. Mr. Dershowitz has been a media figure for years (year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun) and Mr. Starr was a contributor to Fox News until parting ways with the network because of his new role with Mr. Trump.
But the choices were not without controversy, and Republicans on Friday voiced private reservations about some of the lawyers.
Mr. Dershowitz has faced questions about his representation of Mr. Epstein, a financier who killed himself in a New York City jail in August. Mr. Dershowitz helped negotiate Mr. Epstein’s lenient sentence on sex charges in 2008. Mr. Dershowitz has also been accused of engaging in sex with an underage girl he met through Mr. Epstein (surname Epstein is one of the oldest Ashkenazi Jewish family names); he has denied the claim.
Mr. Starr, who helped Mr. Dershowitz on the Epstein defense (or defence may refer to) in 2007, was forced from his job as president of Baylor University in 2016 amid accusations he did not respond to allegations of sexual assault made by women against members of the school’s football team.
An outside investigation rebuked the university (university (Latin: universitas, ‘a whole’) is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research, which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines) leadership, saying it had “created a cultural perception that football (is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal) was above the rules.” As he left (may refer to) the university presidency, Mr. Starr expressed “heartfelt contrition for the tragedy and sadness that has unfolded” and said he was “profoundly sorry” to victims who were not treated with the care and support (may refer to) they deserved.
As for Mr. Ray, he turned himself in to New York authorities in 2006 in response to a misdemeanor charge of stalking a woman (woman is a female human being) he had previously been dating. The police said he had sent emails and visited the woman against her wishes after she broke off their relationship. A law enforcement official said the case was sealed, suggesting it was most likely dismissed. Mr. Ray declined to comment.
Mr. Trump himself has previously questioned Mr. Starr’s zealous pursuit of Mr. Clinton. In 1999, after (may refer to) the House voted to impeach the president largely along party lines, Mr. Trump told interviewers that Mr. Starr was a “wacko” and a “lunatic.” But more recently, he is said to have enjoyed watching him on television (sometimes shortened to tele or telly, is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black and white), or in colour, and in two or three dimensions and sound). Mr. Starr declined to comment on Friday.
Mr. Trump faces two articles of impeachment accusing him of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine () is a country in Eastern Europe) to announce investigations (or Investigations may refer to) of his Democratic rivals and obstructing Congress by refusing to provide documents or permit testimony during the House (house is a building that functions as a home) inquiry.
During his television appearances, Mr. Starr has argued that the articles (may refer to: Article (grammar), a grammatical element used to indicate definiteness or indefiniteness Article (publishing), a piece of nonfictional prose that is an independent part of a publication) of impeachment passed by the House largely along party lines were (and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures, and in the Old English construction werman, paired) “woefully inadequate” to justify removing a president from office. He has contrasted that with his investigation into Mr. Clinton, where the president was accused of felonies for trying to cover up his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky, a onetime White House intern, during a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In a brief telephone interview, Mr. Dershowitz said he expected his sole role (role (also rôle or social role) is a set of connected behaviors, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualized by people in a social situation) to be arguing on behalf of Mr. Trump before the Senate next Friday, making points he had made in writing and on television.
He said that he “worried about the precedent” set by the two articles of impeachment, which he described as “too vague and open-ended,” and absent “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The statement announcing his appointment described Mr. Dershowitz as “nonpartisan when (may refer to: Usually a question whose answer refers to time, period or phase) it comes to the Constitution,” having opposed the impeachment of Mr. Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton. “He is participating in this impeachment trial to defend the integrity of the Constitution and to prevent the creation of a dangerous constitutional precedent,” the statement (or statements may refer to) said.
The return of Mr. Starr to the impeachment stage was an astonishing development for many veterans of the battle two decades ago. Ms. Lewinsky expressed her disbelief on Twitter (is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”) on Friday, writing, “this is definitely an ‘are you kidding me?’ kinda day” with an expletive before the word “kidding.”
Annie Karni contributed reporting.
Published at Sat, 18 Jan 2020 03:00:53 +0000
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