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Opinion Editorial: 'He did it. So what?' The dangerous precedent Trump lawyers are asking Senate Republicans to endorse

21:10  04 february  2020
21:10  04 february  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Mitt Romney et al. looking at a cell phone: Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks with reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.© Rod Lamkey Jr./Sipa USA/TNS Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks with reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

While the prosecution and defense fight over whether to call further witnesses, senators must not forget the core question at issue in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump: Is it acceptable for a president to wield his power to direct foreign policy to scare up a corruption investigation against a domestic opponent, using as leverage congressionally authorized military aid to an ally?

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Answering “yes” would give Trump and his successors wide latitude, by hook or by crook, to invite other governments to attack political foes.

Earlier this week, Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued, at odds with the founders’ clear statements to the contrary, that only actual crimes (not “abuse of power”) should be considered impeachable. Wednesday, he went further: Because all politicians thinks their reelection is “in the public interest,” a president pursuing a foreign policy — even one specifically crafted to injure a political opponent — must be given a wide berth.

a man wearing a suit and tie holding a wine glass: Joseph Bondy (second from right) attorney for Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine talks with reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.© Rod Lamkey Jr./Sipa USA/TNS Joseph Bondy (second from right) attorney for Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine talks with reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

In Dershowitz’s words: “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.”

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Under that logic, a president couldn’t be impeached if, say, he aided and abetted a foreign government (Britain’s MI5? Israel’s Mossad? Russia’s GRU?) spying on a political foe visiting that country.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joins other senators making their exit from the Senate chambers, for a recess in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.© Rod Lamkey Jr./Sipa USA/TNS Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joins other senators making their exit from the Senate chambers, for a recess in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The slope isn’t slippery, it’s vertical. Every senator voting to block more witnesses in a rush to acquit Trump is endorsing this argument — and inviting future presidents to do the same and worse.

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Harris demands Barr testify over Roger Stone sentence recommendation .
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is demanding that Attorney General William Barr testify publicly over the Justice Department's decision to reduce the recommended sentence for Trump associate Roger Stone. Harris is asking Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to call Barr before the panel, which she is also a member of. "I request that you immediately schedule a hearing for Attorney General William Barr to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee so that the committee and the American people can understand the Justice Department's decision to overrule its career prosecutors in this case," Harris wrote in a letter to Graham.

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