Opinion Editorial: 'He did it. So what?' The dangerous precedent Trump lawyers are asking Senate Republicans to endorse
George Conway suggests Trump's impeachment lawyers knew exactly what was in Bolton's book
President Trump's impeachment defenders may have known the John Bolton bombshell was coming. After Sunday's report indicating Bolton's forthcoming book would allege Trump blatantly suggested withholding aid from Ukraine, Democrats have only strengthened their calls for a Bolton impeachment testimony, and some Republicans have drifted to their side. A Bolton testimony would be "devastating to Trump" — and his lawyers' opening arguments show they expected it all along, George Conway argues in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday.
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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?
Romney, Collins say Bolton claims strengthen case for witnesses in impeachment trial
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Monday it is more likely other Republicans will vote to hear witness testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton as part of impeachment proceedings following reports on new allegations in his forthcoming book -- as Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also said the reports strengthened "the case for witnesses."
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.
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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None of them can be shamed.
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.
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.
U.S. Senate: Impeachment Trial (Day 12)
The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues.
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House impeachment managers and President Trump's lawyers have concluded their opening arguments in the Senate. The impeachment trial is now in the ...