[Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.]

Just to be clear: former Harvard Law Professor and now Trump Impeachment lawyer Alan Dershowitz didn’t explicitly say Richard Nixon shouldn’t have been impeached.

I did.

But, that’s the crystal-clear import of the argument he made on behalf of Donald Trump yesterday.

Here’s what Dershowitz actually said:

“Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest . . . 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.” 

–Alan Dershowitz, arguing before the Senate in defense of Donald Trump.

I’m not a Harvard-trained lawyer — I went to the University of Minnesota Law School — but Dershowitz’s argument is beyond risible, it’s offensive . . . to lawyers, non-lawyers, and anyone else with common sense.

If Senate Republicans rely on Dershowitz’s tortured logic to acquit Trump, they will do serious damage to our democracy . . .

See also, “Is It Too Late to Bail Out Enron?“; and “Trump, Russian Collusion, and the “It’s Not My Dog” Defense.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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