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Does impeachment need a crime? Not according to framers of the Constitution


January 26, 2020

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Stefanie Lindquist, Arizona State University

(THE CONVERSATION) Donald Trump's legal and political defenders are all singing the same refrain: The president can't be impeached; he hasn't committed a crime.

Alan Dershowitz, the constitutional lawyer now representing Trump, said it during an appearance on CNN. Sen. Ted Cruz echoed it on Twitter, noting there was "not even a speeding ticket." And, of course, Trump himself has used the phrase "no crime" repeatedly as he seeks to del...

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