The Associated Press Fact Checks Trump’s legal defense

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  • Claim: Trump thinks that when the House impeached him, it was for purely political reasons, to undo the 2016 election, and interfere with his re-election.
  • Fact: Removing a duly elected president is “exactly the goal of the Constitution’s impeachment clause, not a perversion of it.”
  • Claim: Trump claims the House did not want John Bolton or others to testify because they rushed to impeach him. Trump also tweeted on Monday, “Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!”
  • Fact: Botlon REFUSED to testify during the House Impeachment Hearings and Trump prevented others from doing so.
  • Claim: Trump’s legal brief says the Impeachment Clause in the Constitution refers only to “egregious conduct that threatens the constitutional order and, specifically, that it requires a violation of established law.”
  • Fact: “Egregious conduct, yes. But impeachment does not require a crime to have been committed.” However, The Government Accountability Office found that Trump broke the law by withholding aid to Ukraine.
  • Claim: “Individuals who have stated for the record that they spoke to the President about the subject actually exonerate him. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stated that when he asked the President what he wanted from Ukraine, the President said: ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.’” 
  • Fact: CONTEXT! “Everyone was in the loop. Specifically, Sondland said it was understood that Ukraine’s new president would only get a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office if he publicly pledged to investigate the Bidens and the Democrats.”
  • “Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ Sondland asked in his statement to the House Intelligence Committee. ”As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”
  • Claim: Trump continues to whine about being denied Due Process, not having counsel present, or the right to question witnesses.
  • Fact: The House Judiciary Committee invited both Trump and his legal team to testify. Trump declined.

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