Pelosi Says Trump Attorneys Have ‘Disgraced’ Themselves, Suggests Disbarment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) questioned on Thursday how President Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys “can retain their lawyer status” based on their arguments in defense of the president and apparent willingness to trample the Constitution, according to The Hill.
Pelosi was addressing the argument set forth this week by Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz, who claimed that presidents cannot be impeached for taking actions aimed at helping their reelection if they view their reelection as in the public interest.
"If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz argued.
The only exception to this would be if a president broke the law, he claimed. But the House’s articles of impeachment — one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress — allege no violation of the law.
Trump attorneys Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone argued from the trial’s outset that the articles of impeachment “violate the Constitution” and are “defective in their entirety.”
But Democrats adamantly disagree, presenting their own argument that “impeachment is an inherently political — not judicial — response designed to protect the country from elected officials who violate the public trust, crime or none,” The Hill noted.
Trump’s Republican allies are attempting to “dismantle the Constitution,” Pelosi said on Thursday.
"Some of them are even lawyers," the Speaker said. "Imagine that you would say — ever, of any president, no matter who he or she is or whatever party — if the president thinks that his or her presidency ... is good for the country, then any action is justified — including encouraging a foreign government to have an impact on our elections."
She continued: "[That] is exactly what our Founders were opposed to — and they feared. I don't think they made the case. I think they disgraced themselves terribly in terms of their violation of what our Constitution is about and what a president's behavior should be."
Pelosi also suggested that an acquittal of the president would be invalid if Republicans do not allow for calling witnesses: "He will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial; and you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation.”