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Attorney Alan Dershowitz talks to the press outside the Southern District courthouse in New York, Monday, Dec. 2. Photo: Richard Drew/AP Attorney Alan Dershowitz talks to the press outside the Southern District courthouse in New York, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

Alan Dershowitz’s slender new volume, “Defending The Constitution” (Hot Books, 2020), published and distributed on February 5—the very day President Trump was acquitted in the Senate—largely consists of his verbatim argument on the president’s behalf before the Senate. In his introduction, Dershowitz tells us in exquisite detail how the president, at a dining room table at Mar-a-Lago, managed to persuade Dershowitz’s wife, initially opposed to Dershowitz formally joining the president’s defense team before the Senate, to let him join. As many see it—I’m sorry, Alan—she probably should have stuck to her guns.

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