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“Maybe the question isn’t what happened to Alan Dershowitz. Maybe it’s what happened to everyone else.” (Politico)

Alan Dershowitz has been called “one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America” by Politico and “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights” by Newsweek. Yet he has come under partisan fire for applying those same principles to Donald Trump during the course of his many appearances in national media outlets as an expert resource on civil and constitutional law. 

The Case Against Impeaching Trump seeks to reorient the debate over impeachment to the same standard that Dershowitz has continued to uphold for decades: the law of the United States of America, as established by the Constitution. In the author’s own words:

“In the fervor to impeach President Trump, his political enemies have ignored the text of the Constitution. As a civil libertarian who voted against Trump, I remind those who would impeach him not to run roughshod over a document that has protected us all for two and a quarter centuries. In this case against impeachment, I make arguments similar to those I made against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton (and that I would be making had Hillary Clinton been elected and Republicans were seeking to impeach her). Impeachment and removal of a president are not entirely political decisions by Congress. Every member takes an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution sets out specific substantive criteria that must be met.  

I am thrilled to contribute to this important debate and especially that my book will be so quickly available to readers so they can make up their own minds.”

©2018 Alan Dershowitz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Very Much Needed

A legal opinion from arguably one the greatest constitutional lawyers of our time about what is going with the continuous attacks on President Trump. Point by point, he takes apart the baseless attempts to find that the President has violated some law. We may not need a legal scholar to see what is going on, but when it comes from him, it is very impressive.

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The reasonable left

In the show John Adams, there's a scene where John Adams is talking to Sam Adams about the upcoming revolution, and Sam says that it's time to take a side. John says, "I'm on the side of the law. Is there another side?" I love Mr. Dershowitz similar impartiality here, and his "if the shoe was on the other foot" test of partisanship. Well written, well thought out, and I think he makes an effective case. He also brings up a lot of questions that the constitution leaves open that I hadn't considered before. Can the president pardon himself? What role does the judiciary play in impeachment? It's interesting to examine these as yet unopened constitutional questions.

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Pleasant Surprise

By "pleasant surprise," I am referring to Professor Dershowitz's strong credentials as a civil libertarian. Unlike so many of his hypocritical colleagues such as Laurence Tribe and other liberal academics, Dershowitz maintains a consistent liberal (lower case 'L') perspective even on a political leader whose views are clearly antithetical to his own. I was also impressed by how effectively he exposed the ACLU for their double standard and complete abandonment of their mission. As one would expect from such a brilliant legal mind as Alan Dershowitz, this book is extremely well written and (to an objective reader) quite compelling. I only wish he had chosen a different title, as those who most need to hear his arguments will more than likely will be repelled the title.

I also want to give strong kudos to the narrator---something I rarely do with any reader other than Scott Brick---for doing an excellent job of distinguishing the different characters without using exaggerated accents and annoying dramatizations. Another strong credit for no mispronunciations---something which is unfortunately all too rare in most audiobooks.

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FINALLY a reasonable liberal!!!

Loved it!!! as a conservative, and student of the Constitution, THANK YOU, AL for Your REALISTIC opinion rare to find a liberal that is willing to take emotions out and give an honest and logical view!!!

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Very rational and constitutionally based analysis

Professor Dershowitz lays out a cogent argument that illustrates the legal and constitutional limits to impeach an unpopular President. However, I think his argument for a bifurcated Attorney General misses the mark. As an officer of the United States, the AG swears or affirms allegiance, not to an individual, but to an idea - The Constitution. Therefore there is no need to separate the office into two positions, one loyal to the President and another bound to the law.

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Fair minded and thought provoking book

Fair minded and unemotional treatment of the issue with enlightening insights to issues beyond the subject of impeachment of a president that effect all Americans.

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Perfect lesson on Constitutional Law

Amazing illustration of the Constitution. I listened to the book two times and loved it.

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Trump

Well done, Alan! The case you make is well worth the discussion that you provide.

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Great

very good and informative book about the current political environment in the U S A with great research

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Truth for all of us!

Mr. Dershowitz presents the case of our civil liberties through current events. As a conservative, I disagree with many of Dershowitz' views on politics. Yet it occurred to me that regardless of which way the political winds blow, if all American citizens believe in and demand the civil liberties our founding fathers placed in our Constitution, we will continue to thrive as a nation.Our civil liberties are what really set us apart from all other nations. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!

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