06/10/2020

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz gave an extraordinarily broad view of executive power dur…

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“The only thing that would make a quid pro quo unlawful is if the quo were in some way illegal,” said Dershowitz, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill.
“For it to be impeachable you would have to discern that he or she made a decision solely … on the corrupt motives,” he added. “And it cannot be a corrupt motive if you have a mixed motive.”
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/jKErQcS1Iypic.twitter.com/zo4rL6Zbla
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Dershowtiz went on to assert that if a president believed they were acting in the public interest, their motive could not be corrupt. He noted that “every public official I know” believes their election is in the public interest.
“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,” Dershowitz said.
The response reiterated 
Dershowitz’s broader argument that the articles of impeachment against Trump do not allege a crime, and therefore don’t meet the threshold for removal from office. Dershowitz’s position on the issue is widely disputed by the broader legal community.
Democrats have alleged Trump abused his office by withholding security aid from Ukraine in an effort to pressure the country to help investigate his political rivals.
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Dershowitz, in another noteworthy moment from the trial, argued Monday that, even if true, Bolton’s allegations did not amount to an impeachable offense.