President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that dismissal of the articles of impeachment against the president should be allowed under the Senate’s trial rules because the allegations don’t amount to high crimes and misdemeanors.
The articles “fall on their face” as impeachable offenses, Giuliani wrote in an op-ed for War Room: Impeachment, a website run by former White House adviser Steve Bannon.
Giuliani argued that the impeachment articles should be given the same scrutiny as charges in a criminal trial.
“Thus an impeachment, like an indictment, must be tested by a motion to dismiss if it fails to allege an impeachable offense,” he wrote.
If the articles don’t amount to an impeachable offense “it is not only an abuse of power but an unconstitutional violation of separation of powers,” he added.
The 75-year-old former mayor of New York City claimed that the “abuse of power” charge — over President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump allegedly asked for an investigation into the Bidens and withheld military aid on that condition — was a “conversation without threat, pressure, inducement or quid