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President Donald Trump assured supporters in a speech in 2018 that "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."

The quote was a microcosm of the Trump administration's larger goal of discrediting the free press to avoid accountability.

Now, a member of the President's impeachment defense team—Alan Dershowitz—is using the same logic (or lack thereof) to walk back an absurd argument he made on the Senate floor on Wednesday

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House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's defense team are in the throes of answering questions from Senators regarding their case for or against the conviction or removal of Donald Trump, who was impeached by the House of Representatives late last year.

One of the crucial questions the Senators are asking is what motivated Trump to withhold aid from Ukraine to force politically beneficial investigations. Was it to root out corruption, as his defense counsel insists? Or was it to smear his possible 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden?

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This past December, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing where it heard from constitutional scholars and legal experts as to whether President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to open politically beneficial investigations warranted impeachment.

House Democrats brought forth three witnesses who argued in favor of impeachment, and House Republicans brought one: George Washington University's public interest law chair, Jonathan Turley.

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A day after Senators took an oath of impartiality in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, the President eagerly announced the team of lawyers who will be defending him.

Two names on the list stood out.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to reporters while participating in a roundtable about ‘fair and honest pricing in healthcare’ in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. During the meeting Trump said 2018 was the first time in over 50 years that prescription drug prices declined. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After former FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed on Thursday that the Justice Department discussed invoking the 25th Amendment with members of President Donald Trump's cabinet, the president demonstrated he does not know anything about the 25th Amendment or really about how the constitution works.

Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to repeat a bonkers line from Alan Dershowitz during an appearance on Fox News (of course):

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