Dershowitz: Presidential Quid Pro Quos Aimed At Reelection Aren’t Impeachable

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Alan Dershowitz said because Trump believed his reelection was in the nation's best interest, he didn't act corruptly.

Standing on the Senate floor on Wednesday, one of President Trump’s impeachment attorneys argued that a president attempting to win reelection is acting in the nation’s interest and therefore any related quid pro quo is not an impeachable offense, according to CNN.

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said in the case of Trump, his attempt to extract investigations into Joe Biden from Ukraine’s government was in service of boosting his reelection chances — which by his aforementioned logic means Trump did nothing worthy of being removed from office.

"Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest," Dershowitz said. "And mostly you're right. Your election is in the public interest."

He added: "And if a president did something that 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 it might be arguable whether any given politician’s election is good for the country, but in order for a quid pro quo in such a case to be impeachable, it would have to be proved that the politician acted with purely “corrupt motives.”

"A complex middle case is 'I want to be elected. I think I'm a great president. I think I'm the greatest president there ever was and if I'm not elected, the national interest will suffer greatly.' That cannot be an impeachable offense," he concluded.

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Why did they choose this guy? Is it because he “looks” like a professor of constitutional law? He is respected by very few because he says what he is paid to say, whether he knows what he is talking about. Trump must have been desperate.


Dorkowitz is just wrong. With his new idea of what can or can't be an Impeachable Offense it has to be a crime or have a corrupt reason for doing something, and that Abuse of Powers doesn't apply. But what these people are getting wrong is "high Crimes and Misdemeanors" mean a person of high authority is the only one or more than one, that can do a particular crime only to them or their office. In other words, no one else would be able to break the law or the constitution in the manner they can, and they can be Impeached over losing the Trust of the American Voters. They may have voted them into the job, but in Trump's case, he didn't get the most votes by almost 3 million votes. And he only won on the electoral college, because he had Russia helping him win in every single Swing State which rarely, if ever, happens. No wonder he thinks he's so great. The sooner they get rid of Trump the happier the whole Country will be! He's not worthy of the post he's seated, and he has no idea what running a government office entails. It has to do with discrimination and keeping everything fair and equal under the laws of our Constitution. And he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, but he won't even read it. Because he doesn't understand the language they spoke in writing it up. Well there probably are other Constitution print outs for dummies. That are spoken in an easier mode of the English language so even children will be able to understand the meaning of each sentence. And in some areas they left it open to interpretation because at the time, they had no Federal laws, because there had never been a sanctioned Federal Government with rules and laws. But over the years things have been added and done correctly. Not just because a President wanted complete Power and have no one question it. Now they have to find legislation or lawsuits or court proceedings to add to our Constitutional laws, that would be applied fairly and equally.


Dershowitz just helped usher in the 4th Nazi Reich. This man is not a Constitutional law expert and he stands up and makes up N untested new theory. We now have an unfit Orange Fuhrer.


And what president doesn’t think their re-election is in the best interest for the country? I’ve heard it all! Get rid of toxic man and his administration. Help get citizens registered to vote and vote blue!

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