WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the nation’s most prominent legal commentators, Alan Dershowitz, brought a touch of star power to the Senate trial of President Donald Trump.
The Harvard Law professor argued in Trump’s defense that a crime was required to impeach and remove a president and that the articles of impeachment against Trump cited no crime.
Another highlight of Monday’s proceedings came from former national security adviser John Bolton, though he was nowhere near the Capitol.
Yet Bolton’s account in an upcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold security aid from Ukraine until it launched investigations into political rival Joe Biden is putting pressure on GOP senators to call witnesses at the trial.
Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: "Even if a president — any president — were to demand a quid pro quo as a condition to sending aid to a foreign country … that would not by itself constitute an abuse of power." https://t.co/ey0Mhj6qDx pic.twitter.com/P1qSASTrMP
— ABC News (@ABC) January 28, 2020
Meantime, Dallas political analyst David Coale gave Dershowitz high marks in presently a unique perspective to the defense argument that cast his client, the POTUS, in a positive light.
Coale, however felt that Dershowitz argument about quit pro quo was the least effective: