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Dershowitz says that if Trump believes his reelection is in the public interest his actions aren’t impeachable

Senators on Jan. 29 questioned the House impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team about the president’s conduct toward Ukraine. (Video: The Washington Post)

A new phase of President Trump’s historic impeachment trial began Wednesday, with senators posing questions to the House managers and the president’s attorneys about Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine.

A key moment came when defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested that a president acting in the public’s interest can’t be impeached. He then argued that a president may believe his own reelection is in the country’s best interest.

Meanwhile, debate continues outside the chamber over whether to call witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton. In a closed-door meeting Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told colleagues he doesn’t yet have the votes to block witnesses.