Trump Legal Team Says Quid Pro Quo In Pursuit Of Reelection Isn't Impeachable The point was made by Alan Dershowitz, one of the president's attorneys: "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."

Asked to respond, Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff was incredulous. "All quid pro quos are fine, it's carte blanche?" Schiff asked. "Is that really what we're prepared to say?"

The question of whether witnesses will be included in the trail remains open. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans on Tuesday that he didn't have to votes to block witnesses, Democrats still may not have enough support to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton reportedly claims in a forthcoming book that President Trump conditioned aid to Ukraine on an investigation that would likely benefit his reelection bid.

This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Tim Mak.

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Trump Legal Team Says Quid Pro Quo In Pursuit Of Reelection Isn't Impeachable

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Trump Legal Team Says Quid Pro Quo In Pursuit Of Reelection Isn't Impeachable

Trump Legal Team Says Quid Pro Quo In Pursuit Of Reelection Isn't Impeachable

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Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump's legal team, speaks to reporters Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The point was made by Alan Dershowitz, one of the president's attorneys: "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."

Asked to respond, impeachment manager Adam Schiff was incredulous. "All quid pro quos are fine, it's carte blanche?" Schiff asked. "Is that really what we're prepared to say?"

The question of whether witnesses will be included in the trail remains open. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans on Tuesday that he didn't have the votes to block witnesses, Democrats still may not have enough support to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton reportedly claims in a forthcoming book that President Trump conditioned aid to Ukraine on an investigation that would likely benefit his reelection bid.

This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Tim Mak.

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