President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered a direct hit on Wednesday during his impeachment trial when Rep. Adam Schiff dismantled Alan Dershowitz’s claim that a quid pro quo for re-election purposes is legal if the president believes it’s in the best interest of the people.
During yet another round of impeachment proceedings in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, Dershowitz resorted to a desperate argument without zero legal basis.
“If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” he said.
Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://t.co/jKErQcS1Iy pic.twitter.com/zo4rL6Zbla
— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2020
Not only is Dershowitz wrong, he basically admitted that Trump did the very thing he’s on trial for committing.
Trump tried to force Ukraine into announcing a sham investigation against his political rival by freezing military aid the country needs to fight Russian aggression. Trump claims he was merely fighting “corruption,” but documents from Lev Parnas make it clear that Trump didn’t care about corruption. His only motive was to hurt former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 Election.
When asked to respond to Dershowitz, House manager Adam Schiff presented a scenario in which former President Barack Obama engaged in similar behavior.
“See how you feel about this scenario,” Schiff said. “President Obama, on an open mic says to [former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev], ‘I know you don’t want me to send this military money to Ukraine because they’re fighting and killing your people. I want you to do me a favor, though. I want you to do an investigation of Mitt Romney, and I want you to announce you found dirt on Mitt Romney, and if you’re willing to do that quid pro quo, I won’t give Ukraine the money they need to fight you on the front line.’ Do any of us have any question that Barack Obama would be impeached for that kind of misconduct?”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Of course, Obama never engaged in such a scheme. He beat Romney the old fashioned way, fair and square. But there’s absolutely no question that Republicans would have pursued impeachment had he did what Trump has done. And Schiff has once again schooled Republicans in front of a watching nation on why they must vote to convict.
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