Defense attorney for US President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, argued during Wednesday’s impeachment trial proceedings that the president’s actions toward reelection were actually done in the interest of the public and should not constitute an impeachable offense.
Dershowitz stated that it was logical for a public official to harmonize what is in their own political interest with the public good. Dershowitz further clarified his statements on Twitter, saying that his statements had been “distorted.”
During his formal argument, Dershowitz defended Trump’s “quid pro quo” discussions, justifying their necessity for the common good. He further compared Trump’s actions to those of President Abraham Lincoln during the civil war, and stated that “everybody has mixed motives,” and that every president would be impeached if judged on that criteria. Dershowitz also argued that believing one is the greatest president and the best fit for the country’s future should not be deemed an impeachable offense.
Impeachment proceedings continue Thursday with more questions from senators.