What a dangerous thing for this "president" to do, giving oxygen to ultra right militia who don't respect the law or the constitution and present a danger to the Republic. Bad things will flow from this. https://t.co/yWK2qslL30— John Weaver (@JWGOP) July 10, 2018
I prosecuted some of the "sovereign citizen"/"Militia" folks; they are dangerous people who threaten judges and police and would not submit to the jurisdiction of the courts— Joshua A. Engel (@joshuaadamengel) July 10, 2018
The President should be working against those who are avowed enemies of the Constitution
I’ve noticed the president working against the constitution for some time now. He is sowing chaos and lawlessness (see Sherriff Arpio) - exactly what Putin wants.— Alan McCall (@ChickDante51) July 10, 2018
“The decision by the framers to have the chief justice preside over the trial of a president may suggest that the decision was not intended to be entirely political. Indeed, it would be wrong for the chief justice to participate, much less preside over, an entirely political process. Judges are required to stay out of politics,” Dershowitz writes.
And on the issue of the pardons, where this all started, the sage words of Mr. Charles Pierce:
In related news, the Hammonds walk free while a few thousand children are still in federal custody for the crime of stepping over a line on a map. That is unspeakable.
Let the people say: "Amen!"
And there's actually legal precedent for this argument, and against Dershowitz':
In the Judge Nixon case, the Court held that a claim to judicial review of an issue arising in an impeachment trial in the Senate presents a nonjusticiable “political question.” Specifically, the Court rejected a claim that the Senate had departed from the meaning of the word “try” in the impeachment clause by relying on a special committee to take evidence, including testimony. But the Court’s “political question” analysis has broader application, and appears to place the whole impeachment process off limits to judicial review.
Please note there is no distinction between a Presidential impeachment and the impeachment of a federal district judge. And the argument Nixon (the judge, not the POTUS) raised was whether evidence taken by a special committee, rather than the full Senate, was sufficient to "try" the case in the Senate.
Dershowitz is trying to sell a book to the ignorant, nothing more.