But do they have enough evidence to support this?
President Trump has received a significant amount of backlash over the course of his presidential term for his lack of knowledge in politics, his engagements with foreign nationals, his corrupt behavior, and so on. The spotlight has been shone on him many, many times revealing potential behavior that could be classified as a criminal act. Despite the allegations that have been made against the President of the United States, he has continued to serve his role as the leader of the U.S.
That is until two articles of impeachment were issued against Trump.
Those two articles of impeachment consisted of accusations of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress’s investigation into his relationship with Ukraine,” both of which Democrats “argue fall under the umbrella of “high crimes and misdemeanors” [Source: Time Magazine]. Now, despite all the evidence that has been brought forward to be used against Trump and the fact that he has been impeached, he still stands firm on his belief that he “did nothing wrong.”
Although the decision on whether Trump is officially removed from office is left up to the Senate which will be decided on after the impeachment trial has concluded, his attorneys are prepared to defend the President and the Constitution.
Trump’s Attorneys Dismiss Both Articles of Impeachment
Among all the arguments Trump’s attorneys have compiled to use in his defense for the impeachment trial which has officially begun, one that stands out to many is the argument that his actions do not fall within what is considered “high crimes and misdemeanors.” According to Time Magazine, “high crimes and misdemeanors” appears in Article II section 4 of the U.S. Constitution” and reads:
The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Over the years, the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” has become difficult to decipher. In fact, Gerald Ford (38thPresident of the U.S.) once said: “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” Although many legal scholars might disagree with Mr. Ford’s viewpoint, it does bring up some valid points.
While Trump may believe he did not violate the law, he may have committed some impeachable offenses, some of which might validate the reason for him being removed from office. For example, it is illegal for the President to accept donations from a foreign national in connection with a Federal, State, or local election [Source: 52 U.S. Code §30121].
Is Trump’s Legal Team Strong Enough to Overturn His Impeachment?
Trump has managed to get away with committing many offenses over the course of his presidency, many of which should have led to him being impeached long ago, however, only time will tell if his defense team is strong enough to defend him this time. In the meantime, let this case serve as a reminder to everyone that people of all classes and socioeconomic status’ (even the President of the U.S.) can benefit from hiring a criminal defense attorney when they have been accused of committing a crime.