Trump’s legal team previews impeachment defense

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☆ The Bolton testimony is the wild card.

Members of President Trump’s legal team on Sunday previewed what will be the meat of their forthcoming defense this week by saying that even if all the allegations Democrats laid out last week were true, they would still fall short of “impeachable” offenses under the U.S. Constitution.

A report late Sunday that former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton has said Mr. Trump directly linked military aid to Ukraine with investigations into Democrats could upend some of those arguments. Still, the Senate impeachment trial could wrap up with a vote to acquit the president by the end of the week.

“Even if the factual allegations are true — which are highly disputed and which the defense team will show contrary evidence — but even if true, they did not allege impeachable offenses,” Trump defense attorney Alan Dershowitz said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So there can’t be a constitutionally authorized impeachment.”