Alan Dershowitz says the Senate should dismiss impeachment because Trump is now a private citizen

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From THEHILL.COM

Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity attorney who defended President Trump during his first impeachment trial, on Wednesday, argued that the Senate should throw out the current article of impeachment against Trump now that he is a private citizen.

In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Dershowitz shared the argument that many GOP lawmakers have made that it is unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former president.

"For the victorious Democrats to seek revenge against Donald Trump would set a terrible precedent, distract from President Biden’s agenda, and make it hard to heal the country. Better to move on," Dershowitz, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill, wrote.

Whether or not a former president can be impeached has been heavily debated ever since the second article of impeachment was filed against Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol this month. The Constitution does not have any specific language detailing whether or not this action would be allowed.

Trump’s term officially ended on Wednesday when President Biden was sworn in. Trump did not attend the inauguration, leaving the White House for the last time just hours before the ceremony began.

Though arguing against the Senate taking action, Dershowitz did acknowledge that impeaching former officials is not unprecedented in his op-ed. He called back to the impeachment of Secretary of War William W. Belknap in 1876. Belknap had accepted kickbacks in exchange for appointing an associate to a lucrative military trading position.

"Secretary of War William W. Belknap was indisputably guilty of numerous impeachable offences, to which he confes... (Read more)