President Donald Trump did not commit any impeachable offenses, but the House violated the Constitution to suggest he did and are, ironically, immune from reprisals, according to constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.
Newsmax “We all hear that the president is not above the law, but Congress is not above the law: When Congress impeached the president earlier this week, they committed six independent violations of the Constitution,” Dershowitz told “Saturday Report.”
“They violated the free speech provision. They violated the impeachment criteria. They violated the bill of attainder. They violated due process, on and on and on.”
Ironically, lawmakers are protected from legal culpability from their congressional actions, so unlike they are doing with the president, they cannot be sought for the allegations against them. “But the only sanction is to vote them out of office and to bring them to trial in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz said.
“How can you impeach a president for a speech that is constitutionally protected?” he lamented. “The Constitution is very clear, the purpose of impeachment is removal,” he concluded, adding the president will be out of office by the time a trial can be held.
“The Senate cannot try an ordinary citizen.”