CLAIM: Trump’s lawyers argued he has a right to abuse his power as much as he wants, which is also what he said.
At no point did President Trump’s legal team ever argue that a president can abuse his power.
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz did argue that presidents cannot be impeached and removed for “abuse of power” alone — that there must also be an allegation of “criminal-like conduct.” But at no point did he, or any other member of the president’s legal team, make the argument Pelosi falsely claimed they did.
Second, as numerous fact checks have claimed, Trump never said that Article II of the Constitution — which describes the powers of the president — gave him the power to do whatever he wanted.
from Harvard Law School.
Trump’s lawyers argued he has a right to abuse his power as much as he wants, and Congress can do nothing about it.
Trump: “I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
Congress can do something: hold a fair trial.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 28, 2020