President Trump and his lawyers are considering asking Alan Dershowitz to join his impeachment defense team, according to reports.
Numerous Trump advisers have eyed the famed attorney as a potential asset on constitutional issues that will be sure to arise during the seemingly inevitable Senate trial, The New York Times reports.
Dershowitz was asked to speak with President Trump privately when he visited the White House Wednesday before an event both attended, according to ABC News.
The renowned constitutional scholar was long scheduled to be at the White House that day for an event where Trump signed an executive order combating anti-Semitism on college campuses.
According to The Times, Dershowitz has not yet been made a formal job offer.
Dershowitz has made many media appearances since the start of the Trump Administration defending the president’s constitutional rights as commander-in-chief, specifically during Robert Mueller’s investigation and now in the impeachment fight.
He did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. He declined to comment to The Times.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a major Trump ally and chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, admitted publicly Wednesday that he has been pushing President Trump toward hiring Dershowitz.
“I have advocated that there needs to be one other attorney that’s added to the mix for the president. And that is Alan Dershowitz,” Meadows said on the House Freedom Caucus podcast, adding, “I think he’d be great to come in, get Alan Dershowitz in to be part of that defense team.”
The Harvard Law professor has made headlines over the past year for representing multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during his 2005 trial and negotiating the sex offender’s controversial 2008 plea deal with then-US Attorney and ex-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
Alleged “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre named Dershowitz as one of the men she claims the late Epstein lent her out to for sex, allegations the attorney has steadfastly denied.
Giuffre filed a defamation suit against Dershowitz in September for his comments denouncing her claims.
As a result of the controversy, Dershowitz says he was kept from participating on a panel of constitutional scholars in the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing last Wednesday.
“They wanted me to be there. They called and asked me if I would be willing to testify, and I said I would. And then as a result of these false accusations against me regarding the Jeffrey Epstein matter, accusations which I have disproved,” he told host John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 radio show.
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