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Trump defense: Ukraine 'quid pro quo' not impeachable


January 30, 2020

Jacquelyn Martin – Associated Press

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, greets Attorney Alan Dershowitz, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as she arrives for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

WASHINGTON - In a striking shift from President Donald Trump's claim of "perfect" dealings with Ukraine, his defense asserted Wednesday at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for political favors - even if proven - could not be grounds for his impeachment.

Trump's defenders relied on retired professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of their team, who told senators that every politician conflates his own interest with the public interest. "It cannot be impeachable," he declared.


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