Berke On Trump Impeachment Defenses: ‘He Does Not Have The Right To Do Whatever He Wants’ | NBC News

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Published: 12/09/2019

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Democrat counsel Barry Berke called out President Donald Trump's defenses against the impeachment inquiry by breaking down rebuttals to each. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News Digital is a collection of innovativ...



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No one is above the law, not even the president and one of the concerns and requirements of finding an impeachable offense. Is there an urgency? Is there a sense that you have to move because it could be repeated? Well again. First, all the constitutional experts who testified recognize that obstructing an investigation is an impeachable offense, but here the offense, we're talking about that's, b ...
ing interfered or obstructed with is interfering with this very election. That'S coming up and i submit to you, given what happened? The department of justice investigation given what's happening here if, in fact, president trump can get away with what he did again. Our imagination is the only limit to what president trumpmay do next. What a future president may do next to try to abuse his or her power to serve his own personal interest over the nation's interest. I'D like to turn back to what the founders most cared about. We talked about the abcs of potential presidential abuses. It is extraordinary that the president's conduct was a trifecta checking all three boxes. Let'S begin with abuse of power. What that means it's to use the power of the office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest or acts in ways that are grossly inconsistent with and undermine the separation of powers, that is the foundation of our democratic system. Now these this questionof, whether president engagement abuse of power, came up before when this congress considered the impeachment of president nixon and after action was taken.

President nixon famously said: if the president does it, it is not illegal, and this body rejected that, because that's not so that goes directly contrary to what the founders said. But president trump has said the same thing in responding to the prior investigation of my department of justice and defending his conduct here. What he said, then, i have an article too, where i have the right to do whatever i want as president that he has the right to do whatever he wants. As president, that is as wrong as when president nixonsaid a similar thing. That is not what the constitution provides. That is not what the country demands. He does not have the right to do whatever he wants. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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