Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said that the House violated six independent points of the Constitution when impeaching President Donald Trump.
“How can you impeach a president for a speech that is constitutionally protected?” he said.
The law expert said that Congress is not above the law, but that ironically, they have protection from culpability for what they do on the Senate floor.
“But the only sanction is to vote them out of office and to bring them to trial in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. “Senators and congressmen are immune from lawsuits for what they do or say on the floor of the Senate, so there can’t be any personal lawsuits.”
“The Constitution is very clear, the purpose of impeachment is removal,” he said. “The Senate cannot try an ordinary citizen.”
Trump is the third president to be impeached and the first to be impeached twice. No president has ever been impeached and convicted, and no president has ever been placed on trial after leaving office.
A single seven-hour impeachment hearing session constituted the fastest impeachment in U.S. history.
Some legal experts argue holding an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office violates the Constitution.
Others say a trial could commence.
Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate conducts an impeachment trial when the House impeaches a president. The upper congressional chamber can acquit a president or convict him. A two-thirds vote is required to convict. When the House impeached Trump on a separate matter in 2019, the Senate voted to acquit him 21 days after the trial started.