Famed US lawyer, defender of Israel, opposes legal overhaul
Prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, long a staunch defender of Israel's policies on the international stage, said Sunday he cannot defend sweeping judicial reforms planned by Israel's new government. The proposals call for an overhaul aimed at curbing the powers of the judiciary, including by allowing lawmakers to pass laws that the Supreme Court has struck down. The legal reforms were essential to solidifying the current coalition government, headed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and made up of conservative ultranationalist and ultra-Orthodox parties who seek to advance their agenda through less judicial oversight.news.yahoo.com
Epstein victim drops claim against attorney Alan Dershowitz
A woman who recently settled a lawsuit against Prince Andrew resulting from claims she was sexually trafficked to the British royal and others by financier Jeffrey Epstein has dropped a similar claim against attorney Alan Dershowitz, saying she may have erred.
Alan Dershowitz, on close friend Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell: ‘Nobody had a clue’
Girls and young women who say they were victimized by a sex trafficking ring led by the multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein described his properties as a place where girls lounged topless by the pool and photos of half-naked women adorned the hallways and common areas.news.yahoo.com
Dershowitz, 'Stop the Steal' Lawyer Team Up for New Dominion Lawsuit
REUTERSA key “Stop the Steal” attorney who tried, on Donald Trump’s behalf, to convince former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to help execute a coup and overturn the 2020 election is helping a group of Michigan poll challengers sue voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.And according to newly filed court documents, that Trumpist attorney, Kurt Olsen, is teaming up with celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a longtime Democrat who served on former President Trump’s legal defense for thnews.yahoo.com
Larry David yells at Alan Dershowitz outside grocery store over Trump ties: Report
Larry David, the comedic mind behind Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld, reportedly engaged in a yelling match with Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law professor with ties to the Trump administration, outside a grocery store on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.news.yahoo.com
Even Dershowitz Took a Pass on Trump’s Big Tech Suit
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAlan Dershowitz has long been the go-to lawyer for prominent MAGA-world figures who are having trouble with the law—from legal advice to legal punditry. But when it comes to former President Donald Trump’s class-action lawsuit against the social media giants who booted him off their platforms, even Dershowitz is currently keeping his distance this time.And that’s not from a lack of trying from Trump’s legal team.Two people familiar with the matnews.yahoo.com
Republican lawmaker and Trump ally pushes for audit of 2020 election in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker and ally of former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would try to launch a probe of the 2020 election in the battleground state, although a state agency urged counties not to comply with what it called a "sham review" of past elections.news.yahoo.com
Alan Dershowitz Claims Giuliani Raid Was Political Revenge, Likens U.S. to ‘Banana Republic’
Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Sunday criticized federal agents’ raid on Rudy Giuliani’s apartment last week, telling radio host John Catsimatidis that it was reminiscent of conduct seen in authoritarian countries. “In banana republics, in Castro‘s Cuba, in many parts of the world when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends,” Dershowitz said. “That’s happening in America now. They’re going after Rudy Giuliani.” Dershowitz, who served on President Trump’s impeachment defense team, claimed that a subpoena would have been more appropriate than a search warrant for Giuliani’s apartment. The attorney said he agreed to help represent Giuliani in his case. “A search warrant on a lawyer or a doctor or a priest? You don’t use search warrants,” Dershowitz said. “You don’t use search warrants when people have privileged information on their cell phones and in their computers. You use a subpoena. The difference between a subpoena and a search warrant is like night and day….It’s just not constitutional.” Federal agents seized electronic devices in an early-morning raid on Giuliani’s apartment on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation. Agents sought communications between Giuliani and a number of Ukrainian officials, along with evidence related to former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Investigators are reportedly pursuing a theory that Giuliani pushed to oust Yovanovitch as ambassador at the behest of Ukrainian government officials, in exchange for information on Biden family business dealings in Ukraine. Such an action could be considered a violation of federal lobbying laws, however Giuliani has strenuously denied the allegation. “I never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government. I’ve declined it several times,” Giuliani told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Thursday. “I’ve had contracts in countries like Ukraine. In the contract is a clause that says I will not engage in lobbying or foreign representation.”news.yahoo.com
Former Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz is advising MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in Dominion defamation suit, says his role is 'extremely limited'
Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post | Getty ImagesFormer Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is advising lawyers for MyPillow CEO and election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell in the $1.3 billion defamation suit brought against him by Dominion Voting Systems. Those remarks run counter to the impression given by Lindell, who called Dershowitz "part of the team" just a day earlier. "I've got probably over 12 attorneys now, including Alan Dershowitz," Lindell said Monday in a radio interview. Dominion, whose voting systems are certified in 28 states, filed suit against Lindell last month. The suit against Lindell is "definitely not the last," Dominion CEO John Poulos told CNBC last month.cnbc.com
Trump can't hang on to lawyers after false election claims
Since losing the November election to President Joe Biden, Trump has been hemorrhaging attorneys. Trump's impeachment lawyers started off their defense by misspelling the words “United States” in their brief. Navarro told The Associated Press that he “warned the president that his legal team was going to fail him." Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said Trump’s team did a “terrible job." AdBut after impeachment, Trump's legal needs will likely accelerate, with the investigations in New York, Georgia and possibly Washington, D.C., where prosecutors will have the power of subpoena.
Trump fumes, GOP senators baffled by legal team's debut
In this image from video, Bruce Castor, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, speaks during the second impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Senators, too, criticized what they described as an unfocused and rambling performance as Trump's team and Democratic House managers began to lay out their cases in front of the Senate jury. The anger was echoed by Trump allies, who blasted the lawyers both publicly and privately and with repeated profanities. GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Castor “just rambled on and on and on and didn’t really address the constitutional argument. Trump's team did not respond to requests for comment on the day's events or questions about whether they are planning any shakeups to the legal team.
Trump never conceded he lost, but his impeachment lawyer did
The Capitol is seen behind reinforced barricades as the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins in the Senate in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – One of the lawyers heading former President Donald Trump’s defense at his second impeachment trial did what Trump himself has not: conceded Joe Biden won the presidential election. AdIn the past, including during his first impeachment trial, Trump has touted the arguments of his own lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz. Castor acknowledged more than once that Trump lost the election. While Vice President Mike Pence called his successor, Kamala Harris, to offer his congratulations, Trump made no similar call to Biden.
EXPLAINER: How Nobel Peace Prize nominations come about
Belarusian opposition figures, Hong Kong-pro-democracy activists, the Black Lives Matter movement, a jailed Russian opposition leader and two former White House senior advisers are among this years nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no shortage of causes or candidates for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider for what arguably remains the world’s most prestigious prize. Here's a look at the Nobel nomination process:WHO CAN NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE? The U.N. World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The peace prize and other Nobel awards are presented to the winners on Dec. 10, the anniversary of founder Alfred Nobel’s death.
Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team
Former President Trump has named two lawyers to his impeachment defense team, one day after it was revealed that the former president had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys. AdThe announcement was intended to promote a sense of stability surrounding the Trump defense team as his impeachment trial nears. Trump’s team had initially announced that Butch Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer, would lead his legal team after an introduction from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Many legal scholars, however, say there is no bar to an impeachment trial despite Trump having left the White House. Schoen met with financier Jeffrey Epstein about joining his defense team on sex trafficking charges just days before Epstein killed himself in a New York jail.
Republicans condemned Trump. Now they're seeking his help.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Amid the backlash, Senate Republicans largely made clear this week that they have no intention of convicting Trump. After those members faced intense backlash from Trump supporters, Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for an attempt to dismiss his second impeachment trial. I mean, the Republican Party became the Trump Party for four years. “I want to make sure that the Republican Party can grow and come back, and we’re going to need Trump and Trump needs us," he told reporters.
Trump team hires 2 ex-prosecutors with ethics experience
(Senate Television via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump has added two more former federal prosecutors from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team, according to one of the lawyers. Harris and Gasser join a team that includes Butch Bowers, a noted South Carolina ethics and elections lawyer called an “anchor tenant” of the team by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It's in part on the advice of Graham that Trump is turning to the South Carolina team after other legal allies passed on the case. It’s a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. Bowers has years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov.
Lawyer group: Trump adds ex-prosecutor to impeachment team
(AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump is adding another South Carolina attorney to his impeachment legal team, according to a trial lawyer group in the state. Barbier joins Bowers, a Columbia attorney with years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov. In part on the advice of Graham, the South Carolina senator, Trump is turning to Bowers and Barbier after other legal allies passed on the case. That's a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. If convicted, Trump could be barred from holding public office again, ending any hopes of mounting another White House bid in 2024.
Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense
Trump turned to Bowers, a familiar figure in Republican legal circles, after other legal allies passed on the case. The first impeachment trial turned on charges that Trump improperly solicited Ukraine’s help for his reelection campaign. Pat McCrory and the South Carolina Election Commission in litigation over voter ID laws, as well as a former South Carolina sheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misconduct in office. In 2018, he was attorney for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley in her successful defamation suit against Missouri’s athletics director. With degrees from the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston, Bowers graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.
Capitol rioters hold out long-shot hope for a Trump pardon
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump, including Jacob Chansley, center with fur hat, are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. Life or death” — told Dallas television station KTVT: “I think we all deserve a pardon. “The only thing that was missing at the Capitol was the president, our president, stirring up the Kool-Aid with a big spoon,” Watkins said. The Office of the Pardon Attorney, which handles these reviews, did not respond to a request for comment, but former federal prosecutors said Trump giving clemency to those at the Capitol would be highly unusual. AP White House reporter Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
US carries out rare execution during presidential transition
Bernard reacted calmly as the marshal put down the phone and said the execution could proceed. Federal executions during a presidential transfer of power also are rare, especially during a transition from a death-penalty proponent to a president-elect like Biden opposed to capital punishment. They say both Bagleys were likely dead before Bernard set the car on fire, a claim that conflicts with government testimony at trial. After the Bagleys agreed, Vialva, the oldest of the group at 19, pulled a gun and forced them into the trunk. The central question in the decision to sentence Bernard to death was whether Vialva’s gunshots or the fire set by Bernard killed the Bagleys.
Despite Setbacks, Trump Legal Team Presses State-By-State Post-Election Strategy
That outcome would leave Biden in the same boat as Trump: shy of the 270 certified Electoral Votes he needs to secure the White House. The campaign has also pushed for recounts in Georgia and Wisconsin, asking for a new round of signature verification on mail-in ballots. And the Arizona Republican Party is awaiting a hearing to block certification of results in the state’s largest county. That case, Trump v. Benson, was voluntarily withdrawn. In Dane County, home to the state capital Madison, Trump campaign lawyers also asked the three-member board of canvassers to throw out absentee ballots that couldn’t be matched up with written ballot applications.thewestsidegazette.com
Trump Wants Congress to Decide Election and That Strategy Could Win, Dershowitz Says
“Vice President Biden is not yet the president-elect. He hasn’t gotten the 270 certified votes yet,” Dershowitz said. The Supreme Court, Dershowitz said, would side with the Republican-led state legislature and cite the Constitution’s language as the basis for its decision. That long-shot outcome could materialize if a single Republican-controlled House delegation were to abandon President Trump. And I’ve seen judicial magic performed in three weeks.”(Edited by Daniel Kucin Jr. and David Matthew)The post Trump Wants Congress to Decide Election and That Strategy Could Win, Dershowitz Says appeared first on Zenger News.thewestsidegazette.com
From the archives: Jonathan Pollard on 60 Minutes
Jonathan Pollard walked out of a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina today, 30 years after his arrest for spying for Israel. In 1987, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison; his then-wife Anne was sentenced to five years as an accessory after the fact. But Joseph diGenova, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Pollard, told Wallace that Pollard did far more damage than the public knew. Wallace also interviewed Anne Pollard, who was being held at a federal medical facility in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1994, Jonathan Pollard married a Canadian woman, Elaine Zeitz, now known as Esther Pollard, who had been advocating his release.cbsnews.com
Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials
FILE In this May 30, 2019 file photo, graduates of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold aloft inflatable globes as they celebrate graduating during Harvard University's commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials
A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON – A petition circulating at Harvard University demands new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. The new petition argues that Trump officials deserves more scrutiny than those tied to past presidents. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary and a Harvard Law School graduate, urged Harvard to reject the petition. “This is not an administration whose officers can be treated normally.”The Harvard petition goes further in demanding additional scrutiny of speakers and fellows, not just faculty.
This is where some of the key figures of the O.J. trial are now, 26 years later
Ever since O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman 25 years ago, it’s been well-documented what Simpson has been up to, most notably, serving almost nine years in a Nevada prison for his role in a 2007 sports memorabilia robbery.
Alaska Bar sidesteps contentious Dershowitz keynote choice
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Just days after the announcement that famed trial attorney Alan Dershowitz would be the keynote speaker sparked a controversy among its members, the Alaska Bar Association has canceled this years annual conference. Bill Walker, Dershowitz seems a complicated selection for the keynote in Alaska, where rates of violence against women are among the highest in the nation. Im sure he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to represent Jeffrey Epstein, Kendall said. I have no sympathy for that.Stone said the bar associations governing board will meet in September to discuss the selection process for keynote speaker going forward. Dershowitz said he would love to come to Alaska and give the keynote in 2021.
Corruption trial of Israeli leader Netanyahu begins amid raucous atmosphere
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus corruption trial finally began Sunday, two images from the courtroom steps stood out. AdvertisementIsraeli right-wing activists hold flags and signs in support of Prime Minister Netanyahu outside the Jerusalem court on Sunday. He is the countrys first sitting prime minister to go on trial. In a radio interview, Limor Livnat, a former minister in Netanyahus government, distanced herself from the prime ministers remarks and his ministers applause. When he says this is an attempt to oust a right-wing prime minister only because he is strong and not a poodle well, weve had strong prime ministers before.latimes.com
Sept. 11 convict now says he renounces terrorism, bin Laden
ALEXANDRIA, Va. The only man ever convicted in a U.S. court for a role in the Sept. 11 attacks now says he is renouncing terrorism, al-Qaida and the Islamic State. In a handwritten court motion Moussaoui filed with the federal court in Alexandria last month, Moussaoui wrote, I denounce, repudiate Usama bin Laden as a useful idiot of the CIA/Saudi. At his final sentencing hearing, he told the judge God save Osama bin Laden you will never get him." Bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces on a compound in Pakistan in 2011. In particular, he says he wants either Rudy Giuliani or Alan Dershowitz to represent him as a lawyer, so he can testify in a civil trial filed by victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Republicans hopeful Senate will acquit Trump in impeachment trial as early as Friday
As senators questioned both the Trump legal team and the Democratic managers of the trial, Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz offered an expansive defense of presidential power that provoked astonishment among Democrats. Late on Thursday, White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin was asked if Trump agreed that foreign interference in U.S. elections is illegal. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) talks to media near the Senate floor during a brief recess from the day's Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2020. CLASSIFIEDOn Wednesday, the White House objected to the books publication. The manuscript was submitted to the White House for pre-publication review, a process that civil libertarians have said gives the government too much power to censor speech.feeds.reuters.com
Nixon made the same argument Trump's defense is using now against impeachment
"When the president does it, that means it is not illegal." When former President Nixon said that more than four decades ago, he'd already left office while facing impeachment proceedings. Now, in 2020, President Trump's defense team is making an identical argument to say the commander-in-chief shouldn't be impeached. "Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest," Dershowitz said. Despite that argument, Nixon expressed remorse in other parts of the interview something that, so far, hasn't factored into the White House's defense of Mr. Trump.cbsnews.com
GOP lacks votes to block trial witnesses, McConnell concedes
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded late Tuesday, a potentially major hurdle for Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal. McConnell told colleagues in a private meeting that he did not yet have the votes to block Democrats from summoning witnesses. Rand Paul of Kentucky called Bolton “disgruntled”’ and seeking to make money off his time at the White house. But John Kelly, Trump's former White House chief of staff, told an audience in Sarasota, Florida, that he believes Bolton. The White House has had Bolton's manuscript for about a month, according to a letter from Bolton's attorney.
Factbox: The members of Trump's impeachment defense team
PAT CIPOLLONEThe White House counsel, 53, will lead Trumps defense. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsAt the Senate trial, Dershowitz will present constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal from office, according to Trumps legal team. REUTERS/Erin ScottPATRICK PHILBINPhilbin, 52, is another deputy white house counsel. Both he and Purpura joined the Trump White House counsels office in January 2019. PAM BONDIBondi, 54, a Trump adviser and former Florida attorney general, joined Trumps communications team for the impeachment investigation in November.feeds.reuters.com
GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses
That assertion could undercut a key defense argument — that Trump never tied the suspension of security aid to political investigations. Bolton writes that Trump told him he wanted to withhold security aid from Ukraine until it helped with investigations. Trump's legal team has insisted otherwise, and Trump tweeted Monday that he never told Bolton such a thing. “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens," Trump said. They are being told that if there is agreement to summon Bolton, the White House will resist, claiming executive privilege.
Trial highlights: Transcript talk, handshakes for defense
The White House lawyers had said it would be a “sneak preview” of their defense, continuing Monday, and they spent the morning rebutting the House impeachment managers’ arguments by charging that they were politically motivated. To begin, they read parts of a rough transcript of a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of the House impeachment case. While Democrats point to the conversation as a prime reason to remove the president, the White House lawyers say it points to Trump’s innocence. The White House team also displayed quick-cut video presentations on the Senate’s overhead screens, turning soundbites from key players in the impeachment case into fast-snapping clips. One woman, attorney Pam Bondi, is also on Trump’s team.
Buckle up: What to watch as impeachment trial takes off
What to watch as presidential impeachment arguments get underway in the Senate for only the third time in American history. That maroons 100 chatty senators — including four Democrats in the heat of a nomination fight — for the serious constitutional business of the impeachment trial, for hours at a time. Senate rules say the trial must proceed six days a week — all but Sunday — until it is resolved. ___THE PROSECUTORSThey could be heard practicing speeches in the shuttered Senate chamber late into Monday night. 51: The number of senators who must agree on almost anything to make it happen during an impeachment trial.
Trump adds legal heavyweights Starr, Dershowitz to impeachment team
The team defending the Republican president will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump private attorney Jay Sekulow, the White House said. The White House also said Jane Raskin, one of Trumps private lawyers, and Eric Herschmann, another former independent counsel, would be on the presidents legal team. Both Starr and Dershowitz were defenders of Trump in media interviews during the impeachment process. Sources working with the Trump legal team said the president wanted Dershowitz because of his background as a constitutional scholar. Trump involved the national collegiate champion Louisiana State University football team in the impeachment drama during its celebratory visit to the White House.feeds.reuters.com
Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment
The dueling filings previewed arguments both sides intend to make once Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday in the Senate. New information from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is being incorporated in the House case. White House attorneys and Trump's outside legal team have been debating just how political Monday's legal brief laying out the contours of Trump's defense should be. People close to the Trump legal team said Cipollone would deliver the president’s opening argument before the Senate and that Sekulow would follow. Starr and Dershowitz would have “discrete functions” on the legal team, according to those close to the legal team, who were not authorized to discuss the strategy by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump's impeachment legal team includes familiar faces from Clinton's trial
The White House has announced the legal team that will represent President Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial. ET to respond to a summons the Senate issued to Mr. Trump notifying him of the trial. Starr was the independent counsel who investigated Clinton, and his work was the basis for Clinton's impeachment. They will argue that the impeachment articles allege no violation of law, that the House impeachment inquiry was fundamentally flawed and that the case made by the impeachment managers will collapse on the facts. The White House said in its statement announcing the president's attorneys, "The President looks forward to the end of this partisan and unconstitutional impeachment.cbsnews.com
Trump taps lawyer Dershowitz, others for impeachment trial defense
Alan Dershowitz (center) leaves Manhattan Federal Court in New York, following a status conference in the defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, against Dershowitz, over discovery issues, in Manhhattan, New York, U.S., December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jefferson SiegelWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former independent counsel Ken Starr and lawyer Alan Dershowitz will join U.S. President Donald Trumps impeachment trial defense team led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, Trumps legal team and a source said on Friday. Trump adviser Pam Bondi and former independent counsel Robert Ray will also be on the team, according to the source who is familiar with the teams composition.feeds.reuters.com
Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial
(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White House counsel Pat Cipollone and longtime Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on the defense will be Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton. A look at who's who:PAT CIPOLLONEThe current White House counsel, Cipollone is an unassuming and private figure who built a career around complex litigation. In the White House, he has forcefully defended Trump's right to executive privilege and argued that congressional investigators have no right to question White House staffers about their conversations with the president. Herschmann served various roles at the Southern Union Company, a natural gas utility, including as senior executive vice president, president and chief operating officer.
Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
There are some signs of tension involving the president's outside legal team and lawyers within the White House. “I'm not a full-fledged member of the defense team," he told "The Dan Abrams Show" on SiriusXM. A Fox News host said on the air that Starr would be parting ways with the network as a result of his role on the legal team. Giuliani told The Associated Press that the president has assembled a “top-notch” defense team and he was not disappointed not to be included. The White House has instructed officials not to comply with subpoenas from Congress requesting witnesses or other information.
Trump impeachment defense team will include Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr and Jeffrey Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz
President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team will include Ken Starr, whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, whose clients have included notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are heading the defense effort. The Trump team choices came to light four days before his trial is set to begin in earnest in the Senate. Giuliani's push last year to get Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden were the subject of extensive testimony and evidence in House impeachment proceedings. "The president asked me to do this, and the legal team asked me to do this," Dershowitz said in an interview with CNBC after his role on the defense team became known.cnbc.com
Impeachment dj vu: Ken Starr added to Trump's trial defense team
In what may feel like impeachment dj vu, former independent counsels in the Clinton impeachment investigation Ken Starr and Robert Ray will be a part of President Trump's legal defense team in the Senate impeachment trial, CBS News has confirmed. Starr and Dershowitz will not be lead counsel for the president's defense that role will be left to White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal attorney Jay Sekulow. White House counsel's office deputies Patrick Philbin and Mike Purpura will also assist with the president's defense. Dershowitz, who opposed the impeachment of Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton, had been considering joining the president's defense team for several weeks. The news comes one day after the Senate formally initiated the president's impeachment trial with the swearing in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the swearing in of 99 U.S. senators.cbsnews.com
U.S. lawmakers head home amid impasse over Trump impeachment trial
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers who control the fate of President Donald Trump left Washington for a holiday break on Friday with no agreement over how they will handle the Senate trial to consider his impeachment charges in January. Democrats have argued that impeachment was an urgent matter because Trump represented a threat to democracy, particularly the integrity of the 2020 election. Trump says he did nothing wrong and has dismissed his impeachment as a partisan bid to undo his 2016 election win. PROFOUNDLY IMMORALA Senate trial would kick off a politically charged year. Some 31 House Democrats represent districts that backed Trump in 2016, but only three voted against impeachment on Wednesday.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. lawmakers at impasse over Trump's impeachment trial in Senate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers who control the fate of President Donald Trump left Washington for a holiday break on Friday with no agreement over how they will handle the Senate trial to consider his impeachment charges in January. Alan Dershowitz, a high-profile lawyer who may join Trumps legal team for the trial, said he thought the Senate could press ahead even if Pelosi never sent the impeachment articles. Many Republican lawmakers prefer a quick trial to get the matter behind them, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has dismissed the idea of calling witnesses. PROFOUNDLY IMMORALA Senate trial would kick off a politically charged year. Some 31 House Democrats represent districts that backed Trump in 2016, but only three voted against impeachment on Wednesday.feeds.reuters.com
Trump ally Alan Dershowitz and ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh are lobbying for an Israeli billionaire the US has accused of corruption
There were no other publicly available records that list Dershowitz as a registered lobbyist, according to a CNBC review. Dershowitz and Freeh are lobbying the Treasury Department, which enacted the sanctions, on Gertler's behalf. "In my opinion, the totality of the evidence found during the investigation refutes the allegations made against Professor Dershowitz," Freeh said in a statement at the time. Dershowitz told the Times that Gertler is a "very good person" and is "being targeted primarily because of the actions of other people." He said at the time he was not using his access to Trump to lobby to the administration on Gertler's behalf.cnbc.com
Harvard law professor: Throw out lawsuit by Epstein accuser
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring. They said Dershowitz has denied Giuffre's claims since 2015 and has the right to defend his reputation when the accusations are repeated. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes unless they give their consent. Dershowitz, 80, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press he has documents that contradict Giuffre's claims as to his whereabouts. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.chicagotribune.com
Alan Dershowitz mock trial on child trafficking in the Bible canceled after Epstein suicide
Defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has made a career of defending controversial figures such as Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein. But he will not be defending two Bible figures accused of kidnapping and child trafficking in a mock trial, after the event, set to take place at a New York synagogue this fall, was scrapped on Wednesday. The cancellation comes less than a week after Epstein's apparent suicide in a New York jail while he awaited trial on child sex trafficking charges. Dershowitz defended Epstein against related charges brought in Florida a decade ago. Sarah Ransome, another woman, has said Epstein directed her to have sex with Dershowitz.cnbc.com
Unsealed documents in Jeffrey Epstein case reveal more alleged high-profile connections
Thousands of pages of court documents were released Friday from a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims financier Jeffrey Epstein kept her as a teen sex slave. That woman, Virginia Giuffre, has long accused Epstein and his one-time girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, of sexually abusing her and recruiting her into the alleged trafficking ring. The court documents stem from a now-settled defamation lawsuit between Giuffre and Maxwell. The court documents also include some new details about President Trump's relationship with Epstein. Giuffre alleged Trump and Epstein were friends, and flight records show Trump flew on Epstein's jet in 1997.cbsnews.com
Court releases documents about Jeffrey Epstein, accused in sex traffic case, and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell
The suit accused Maxwell of calling Giuffre, a liar for claiming that Maxwell and Epstein sexually abused her when she was underage. It also unsealed documents that included pleadings in the defamation case, depositions, and other material. A spokesman for Dubin said, "Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory. In her deposition, Giuffre was asked, "Is there anyone else that Ghislaine Maxwell directed you to go have sex with?" Asked if she was angry at Dershowitz, Giuffre said, "Absolutely."cnbc.com