Romney: Obama 'Reads the Teleprompter Well'

GLENN: All right. So Barack Obama now says he's going to bankrupt the coal industry. His campaign immediately -- I mean, we have the audio of him saying it. The campaign says no, no, no, that's crazy, that's just, that's a phantom argument. That's what he said! In fact, he said his policies will make electricity costs skyrocket. That's what he said. But he's doing it for global warming. But now it's just, you pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Well, if you look at all the policies and where this economy is headed in the first place, what happens if Barack Obama becomes President of the United States? We welcome back to the program Governor Mitt Romney. How are you, Mitt?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific, thank you.

GLENN: Good. Boy, we have just -- I mean, it is amazing to me all the things the media has just dropped the ball on. Now we find out over the weekend that Barack Obama is going to put the coal industry out of business.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, it's not just the coal industry. If you put the coal industry out of business, it, of course, represents about 80% of the electric power we create. How are we going to get the electricity necessary to power these electric cars we're so excited about. And how is our economy going to run if we're not using the resource we have in this country. We've got to have clean coal. We've got to have nuclear, we've got to have offshore drilling and Barack Obama is toeing the line of the extreme left wing environmentalists that will frankly close our economy and make it impossible for America to compete. It's a job-killing program.

GLENN: As a businessman, Mitt, you look at the policies of Barack Obama and you look at those policies. Murdock today came out and said between the coal and the unions and everything else, this is just, his policies are going to destroy the economy.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, he is out there selling the message of change and everybody wants to get better. So change sounds good. But the problem is in all of my political career and in my business life I've looked at a lot of policies. I've never seen a combination of policies so designed to slow an economy and kill jobs as those that Barack Obama's put forward.

GLENN: So then why would somebody like Warren Buffett, because he keeps playing the Warren Buffett card. Warren Buffett's on my side, Voelker is on my side.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, Warren Buffett is a guy who has enough money to buy the entire planet and Warren Buffett has a lot of friends among the Hollywood folks and I'm sure Warren Buffett is genuine in his support but, you know, I'd love to sit down with Warren Buffett. My guess is I'd be able to convince Warren Buffett. I don't think he's given any thought whatsoever. My guess is Warren Buffett has never even heard of this card check bill that basically says they are going to impose unions through intimidation on small businesses across this country. You are going to kill the engine of new job growth in this country with that proposal and it hasn't even been talked about in this presidential campaign. So some of us who do know what Barack Obama's up to are convinced that, for instance, his position on coal, we just heard about that last night for the first time. I don't think Warren Buffett has heard the whole picture.

GLENN: When you talk about the union thing, I've been looking back historically speaking. In 1937 the Supreme Court allowed the unions to really have a monopoly in businesses and we went into a depression within a depression. This is being compared to that kind of a move, that this will really impact business. Can you explain to the average person that this is not hype, this is something real?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I actually think this union effort, this card check effort, and basically what it is is that every business in America right now, if the union wants to unionize your business, one of the voters -- or it should be the workers get a chance to vote and to have a secret ballot. The Democrats and Barack Obama want to take away the secret ballot so that people don't get a chance to vote on this. Instead they can go house to house and intimidate people and make them sign a card and if they get half the workers to sign a card, automatically are unionized. Well, now a small business with let's say 20 people, they have now got the Teamsters in there telling them how they have to run their business and they are in a setting where they have got to get labor lawyers telling them what things they can do and they can't do. This will have the most massive impact on America's competitiveness on anything that's happened the last 50 years, and I'm very troubled by it, and it hasn't even been spoken about in his presidential campaign because it's hard to explain.

GLENN: Well, why do you suppose the media is so in bed with Barack Obama to levels that we have never, ever seen before?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, I frankly think that a lot of the media, of course, have their own feelings and their own -- I mean, it's a bias, of course. Some are biased positive, some biased negative. Some Republican, some Democrat. People have a right to express their own view. That's the nature of a free press but, you know, you've got a lot of liberals in the media and so they love Barack Obama. They love what he talks about. But I don't think they have any experience whatsoever, that is I'm talking about liberals in the media, any experience in the job world, in creating jobs. A lot of them, by the way, are seeing their jobs go away and they hope Barack Obama will, you know, change the law. So, you know, you can't take away their jobs.

GLENN: There's a piece of video now on the Drudge Report from Congressman Nadler and he is talking about how Barack Obama did not have the political courage -- now, this is a supporter of Obama.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Yeah.

GLENN: He didn't have the political courage to leave his church. I mean, I haven't seen any political courage. When our back is up against a wall, you know, internationally speaking with Iran, with Russia, with Venezuela, with these countries that become more and more dangerous the more oil collapses, isn't political courage something that we should see demonstrated in our President before we need it on a global scale?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, it's one of the things that's most troubling to me is that the Democratic party has selected a nominee who has not been tested. He's an intelligent guy. That you can tell. He speaks well. He reads the TelePrompTer well. But he has not been tested under fire. He's not been tested as a leader. He's not been tested to see if he can work across the aisle. And frankly, you know, he may do just fine if he's elected or he may be a disaster, but we just don't know and that's why in the world that I'm used to, you hire people, you select people based upon the things they've accomplished, not just what they say they are going to accomplish. And it is very frightening to a lot of people that you'd elect as the nominee of the Democratic party somebody who has not yet had the opportunity to actually lead.

GLENN: You know, the problem for a lot of people, Mitt, is they look at this candidate for the Republicans, John McCain, and they say, "Well, okay, he's much better than Barack Obama but I'm still -- but he's still for a massive cap and trade." I mean, you've got Barack Obama. He's going to cripple coal, and John McCain's isn't that bad but it's still a cap and trade program. So they look at it and say, okay, what is the difference here? And I know there are, but, you know, how would you address the cap and trade on the day where everybody's paying attention to coal?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, as you know, there were a number of places in the primary campaign where I disagree with John McCain and his cap and trade proposal is one of them. You know, I would hope to be able to convince him that before you put in place a cap and trade program on the U.S. that there must be participation by countries like China. It does not make sense to me to have any form of unilateral disarmament if you want to negotiate with somebody and you feel it's important to bring down global CO2 emissions, then China has to be part of the picture. And if we go out there and put a burden on our own industry and they don't put a burden on theirs, you'll just kill jobs here. So it's a place where, you know, I would endeavor to convince my own candidate that we can do a better job.

GLENN: There was a story today, and I haven't had a chance to fully read it yet. It was talking about the protectionist policies of the Democrats coming in and how that they are just, they are going to be emboldened and start to enact some of the protectionist policies that they have been chomping at the bit for for the last few years and been really talking about. And quite honestly, Mitt, you know, I haven't read the story in its total yet and I know when I read protectionist policies again, I go back to the Great Depression and say that's one of the big problems that we had. What are the policies that you're seeing coming from this Democratic congress that they are chomping at the bit for that worry you?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the biggest, of course, is this card check. That worries me enormously. But then you hit on the second one. Protectionism sounds wonderful, which is the idea that we're going to protect our companies, our industry from foreign competition. But the other side of protectionism is that the people we trade with are not entirely stupid. If we say we're not going to let their goods and services in, they won't let our goods and services in. It works both ways. And one out of six jobs in this country is associated with sending goods and services to other countries. Export, in other words. And so you start talking protectionism, we're going to have an enormous job loss on the part of entrepreneurial businesses. Now, yeah, maybe some of the steel companies and auto companies would feel better for a while but not for very long because you put protectionist barriers up, it's going to hurt us and it's going to hurt everybody else.

GLENN: This is probably the last time that I'll get to speak to you for a while and the election is tomorrow. What is the one thing that you feel if people would just hear, they would understand the importance of this election and their vote and which one to vote for.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the country's going to take a new direction as of Wednesday morning and if we elect Barack Obama, we're going to take a sharp left turn following Europe. And just look at the experience of Europe over the last 30 years. No job growth, high unemployment, anemic overall economic growth. It is the wrong course for America. And a protectionist, government-managed economy is not a successful economy. The American path is the far superior way to go. We're going through a crisis right now. The prime mortgage business which is nutty that it has this big impact that it does but my goodness, let's not walk down the path of Europe. Things there are a lot worse than they are here.

GLENN: All right. Mitt, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again, governor.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks, Glenn. Good to be with you.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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