Let’s be clear, many of former President Donald Trump’s supporters and allies in the political world were at least somewhat more worried than they thought they would be after Trump’s impeachment lawyers, on day one, totally flopped.
It was so bad that a number of high-ranking GOP senators, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, even offered praise to the House impeachment mangers for laying out their case — not that he agreed with their argument, but it was light years better than the former president’s attorneys.
Former impeachment lawyer and all-around legend in the law community, Alan Dershowitz, was highly critical of Trump’s lawyers on Monday, but as they came back Friday to make their closing arguments, it’s as if they were two totally different people because they absolutely rocked it.
And Dershowitz was quick to praise them, according to Newsmax.
“All the lawyers for former President Trump redeemed themselves. All three of them presented very, very effective rebuttals to the managers’ case,” Dershowitz said during a Newsmax TV interview on Friday. “I think they should now sit down quickly and get a vote. I think they have won.”
But the Harvard law professor had a quick bit of sage advice for the two lawyers after their stellar, last-minute performance.
“The hardest thing to teach lawyers is to sit down and shut up after they’ve won, and I hope that they do that. There’s no reason to go on,” Dershowitz said.
He also explained why he believes Trump’s lawyers laid out the perfect case to defend against being convicted, which revolved heavily around the First Amendment and Trump’s right to freedom of speech.
“[No.1,] the president could not have incited this violence,” Dershowitz said. “The violence began to occur even before he made the speech. Second, the words that they used, ‘fight, fight, fight,’ are all words that are commonly used by politicians.”
“I can vouch for that ’cause I have defended people over the years who have used words like that and I’ve won all of my cases where fighting words have been used. They’re protected by the Constitution,” he added.
That same sentiment was echoed throughout social media and in Washington D.C. on the Republican side, as many breathed a sigh of relief that Trump’s impeachment attorneys were able to pull out what appears to be an open-and-shut victory for the former president.
The Senate is set to reconvene on Saturday, where a vote could be taken on whether or not to convict him of the charge of “incitement of an insurrection.” Democrats would need a virtually impossible flip of 17 Republican senators to land a conviction against Mr. Trump.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org