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CLAIM: Alan Dershowitz and the White House lawyers believe that any action a president claims is in the public interest is unimpeachable.
VERDICT: FALSE. Dershowitz specifically said crime-like actions are impeachable.
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Schiff told the Senate during the second day of questions and answers in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that Dershowitz, and the White House, believe that a president cannot be impeached for a “quid pro quo,” and it “doesn’t matter how corrupt that quid pro quo is.”
He then claimed as he has done throughout the trial, that his opponents are acting in bad faith, claiming their argument is what you say when your client is “guilty and dead to rights” and that it was “an argument made of desperation.”
Dershowitz - Day
Here is what Dershowitz actually said the day before.
Dershowitz began by saying that the use of “quid pro quo” was ordinary in foreign affairs. He added: “The only thing that would make the quid pro quo unlawful would be if the quo were in some way illegal.”
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So from the outset, he — and the White House — accepted that some forms of “quid pro quo” were impeachable.
Dershowitz then outline three possible motives for presidential conduct. A president could be acting in pursuit of pure financial interest, which would be corrupt and impeachable. He could also be acting out of public interests, which would not be impeachable. And he could also be acting out of political interest.
Interest - Dershowitz
It was to that political interest that Dershowitz then turned, noting that almost every...
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