Dershowitz, who is working on President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's legal team, was asked by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE (R-Texas) if it matters whether there was a quid pro quo in Trump's dealings with Ukraine at the heart of his impeachment trial.
"The only thing that would make a quid pro quo unlawful is if the quo were in some way illegal," said Dershowitz, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill.
"For it to be impeachable you would have to discern that he or she made a decision solely ... on the corrupt motives," he added. "And it cannot be a corrupt motive if you have a mixed motive."
Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment." https://t.co/jKErQcS1Iy pic.twitter.com/zo4rL6Zbla— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2020
Dershowitz went on to assert that if a president believed he or she were acting in the public interest, the motive could not be corrupt. He noted that "every public official I know" believes their election is in the public interest.
"If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz said.
The response reiterated
Democrats have alleged Trump abused his office by withholding security aid from Ukraine in an effort to pressure the country to help investigate his political rivals.
Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE reportedly wrote in his forthcoming memoir that Trump said last August he did not want to release aid for Ukraine unless the country agreed to help with the investigations he wanted.
Dershowitz, in another noteworthy moment from the trial, argued Monday that, even if true, Bolton's allegations did not amount to an impeachable offense.