The House Democrats are only on day 2 of presenting their case to the Senate, so we haven’t seen much of the president’s dream team in action, yet. They will start presenting their defence of the President on Saturday, and we already have some ideas of the strategy they will be pursuing in bringing the impeachment trial to an acquittal.
Yesterday, in Part 1, we covered the first half of President Trump’s legal defense team. Now, for Part II.
Alan Dershowitz Constitutional Law expert and Harvard professor
Alan Dershowitz is not a conservative. He voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and in the summer of 2019 he was ready to “enthusiastically” support Joe Biden. During an interview on “The Dan Abrams Show,” Dershowitz said, “I’m a strong supporter of Joe Biden. I like Joe Biden. I’ve liked him for a long time and I could enthusiastically support Joe Biden.”
Dershowitz has been a vocal voice defending the president since the Mueller investigation, even publishing a book in 2018 titled, “The Case Against Impeaching Trump.” He is often seen on Fox News shows defending the president from his Democrat accusers. He has plenty of TV experience which is important in what is definitely a TV event.
Dershowitz is a controversial choice for the Dream Team because of his past clients and his own legal troubles. He has defended men like OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein, and Harvey Weinstein. He is currently defending himself against accusations of sexual assault by a Jeffrey Epstein victim.
Robert Ray, Former Independent Counsel
Robert Ray succeeded Kenneth Starr on the Clinton investigation in the special counsel’s office and issued the final reports at the end of the investigation. He is a frequent contributor on Fox News, maintaining that the impeachment is unconstitutional.
Pam Bondi served as Florida’s Attorney General for eight years. She supported the president’s 2016 campaign and now works for the White House.
Jane Raskin, of Raskin and Raskin, joined President Trump’s legal team in 2018. She is known as a tough litigator.
Mike Purpura joined the White House legal staff in 2019. He also worked in George W. Bush’s administration. According to Politico, “As associate counsel in the Bush White House, he worked on the administration’s response to congressional investigations.”
He argues strongly for executive privilege. “Executive privilege is not a partisan issue. It’s important to protect the principle of allowing the president to receive candid, full, frank advice from his top advisers without fear that those deliberations and communications will become public.”