Daily US Times, Washington: President Trump’s attorney Alan Dershowitz dropped a ‘bombshell’ in the first day of questions and answers in the Senate by saying that presidents cannot be removed from office for an action they believe could help get them re-elected.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked about whether it mattered if Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo”. In response to the question, Mr. Dershowitz said that if an act was in the public interest it was not impeachable. And he said it was reasonable for a public official to equate what is in their own political interest with the public good. “Quid pro quo” is a Latin phrase for a deal in which something is given and received –with Ukraine for assistance with politically motivated investigations.
The member of Trump’s defense team argued that every public official ”believes that his reelection is in the public interest”.
“And 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 continued.
However, he said if the quid pro quo was done for personal financial gain or involved an illegal act, it would be impeachable.
As he dropped a ‘bombshell’, it made nationwide headlines and created criticism both in social media and national media. After a flood of criticism, Dershowitz took to twitter to make a response. the high-profile attorney and law professor said his answer was being “willfully distorted” by CNN and MSNBC.
His tweet reads: “They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.”
President Trump is facing trial for two articles of impeachment passed in the House last month. He was accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.
Dershowitz also labeled the impeachment process as ‘dangerous’ on assumptions about what a president was thinking when he or she made a controversial decision because “everybody has mixed motives.”