Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well'

Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well'
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Robert Ray, a former prosecutor who was recently added to President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s impeachment defense team, said Sunday that articles such as those passed by the House have historically “not fared well.”

“The core issue [in] well-founded articles of impeachment both allege that crimes were committed and that those are the type of crimes that constitute abuse of the public trust,” Ray told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate MORE on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“Abuse of power alone, and history has shown this, similar to also obstruction of Congress, those types of articles of impeachment have been tried on for size before but they have not fared well,” he added. “The core of the impeachment parameters allege that crimes have been committed, treason, bribery and things like that, in other words, other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Ray’s comments echoed those of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE earlier Sunday on "Fox News Sunday that abuse of power in the House’s articles was “so poorly defined here I don’t know presidents in the future can conform their conduct.”

Asked by Bartiromo whether he believed any Republicans would cross the aisle to vote for Trump’s conviction in the Senate, Ray said he did not.

Ray is one of several new members of Trump’s legal team announced last week. It also includes another former independent counsel, Ken Starr. Former Harvard professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHow to mess with Texas' anti-abortion bounty? Apply it to gun sales Those calls to impeach Biden: As wrong as they were with Trump Larry David, Alan Dershowitz get into verbal altercation at grocery store MORE has said he is serving as counsel for Trump but not as a full member of the defense team.