As President Donald Trump’s legal team mounts another day of defense against Democrats on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz came out swinging after bombshell revelations in former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book sent a ripple through the impeachment trial.
According to The Hill, Dershowitz essentially told the viewing audience that even if Bolton’s claims that Trump tied the Ukrainian aid package to an investigation into the Bidens, it still didn’t amount to the level of wrongdoing that would require the president’s removal, according to the Constitution.
“Let me repeat: Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense. That is clear from the history. That Is clear from the language of the Constitution,” Bolton said.
Doubling down on his counter, Bolton insisted that the Constitution was more than clear on how the issue should be handled.
“If any president had done what the [New York] Times reported about the content of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute an impeachable offense,” he stated.
The constitutional expert took a subtle jab at Democrats with regard to a number of buzzwords they’ve connected to Trump’s impeachment.
“You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using words like quid pro quo and personal benefit,” Dershowitz said.
The president denied the claims in Bolton’s upcoming book that he asked to withhold the military aid package in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens in a lengthy social media post on Sunday night.
I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
Dershowitz capped off hours of counter-arguments by Trump’s legal team on Monday, winning praise from Republicans on his expertise.