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“Not a Crime”: Republican Senators Try Out Their Impeachment Defenses

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in senators for President Trump's impeachment trial.Senate Television/AP

President Donald Trump’s senatorial allies-slash-jurors hit the Sunday news shows to try out their best defenses of him ahead of his impeachment trial, which begins on Tuesday.

On ABC’s This Week, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) disputed the fact that the president has encouraged foreign interference in US elections. “Do you think it was proper to solicit foreign interference in our election?” George Stephanopoulos asked Shelby. “I don’t know if that’s actually been proven. That’s in dispute,” Shelby said.

When Stephanopoulos pointed out that Trump has publicly called for foreign........

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