Trump's Defense Team Makes Case for Obama Impeachment By Dems' Standards

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Posted: Jan 28, 2020 7:30 AM
Trump's Defense Team Makes Case for Obama Impeachment By Dems' Standards

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Eric Herschmann, a private attorney representing President Trump, turned the tables on Democrats Monday, arguing that by the standards for impeachment they’ve established, President Obama should have been impeached.

“One can easily substitute” Obama’s 2012 conversation with former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to negotiate on missile defense after the November election into the abuse of power article the House approved against Trump, Herschmann argued.


“President Obama abused the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the U.S. democratic process. Does it sound familiar, House managers?" he asked. "It should.”

“The case against President Obama is far stronger than the allegations against President Trump,” he continued. “President Obama’s abuse of power to benefit his own political interests was there and is here now for everyone to hear. It was a direct, unquestionable quid pro quo. No mind reading was needed there.”

Herschmann pointed out how Obama was much weaker on Russia and support to Ukraine, saying he “caved” to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin on missile defense.