Quid pro quo is out. Bribery and other criminal terms are in.
That’s because Democrats understand that the whole impeachment drama is not taking hold with enough of the public.
They have described President Trump as attempting a quid-pro-quo with Ukraine — upholding money trying to get Ukraine to do investigations into activities that involved Democrats, including Joe Biden and his dissolute son Hunter. If this is true, it’s bad, he shouldn’t do that. But there is no way Democrats are going to get a substantial majority of Americans, nor the Senate, to agree that this justifies removing a duly elected president from office. It’s not criminal, and it’s not the worst thing in the world.
And so now they’ve started using terms like “bribery,” which is not only a crime but one of the reasons listed in the constitution for impeachment. This not only shows desperation, it’s an utter lie.
First of all, this is not exactly a bribe. Bribery is offering something in exchange for action. Trump was, allegedly, withholding something in exchange for an action. There’s a difference. The money had been allocated by Congress. If Trump got his donors together or found some other federal accounts to provide money to the Ukrainians in exchange for something without the involvement of Congress, that would have been a bribe.
What’s more, the Democrats are criminalizing foreign policy. Is it possible that if a president withholds aid from a country in exchange for some action, the president is bribing the country? This kind of thing is done all the time. You get the aid if you meet certain conditions.
Are sanctions bribery?
Sheesh. Get out of the way while you can of the assembly line of presidents who are going to be impeached under these rationales.
Democrats have a bad hand, and Nancy Pelosi has known this all along. By March, Trump will have some excellent talking points, traveling around the country talking about how he has been vindicated by the Senate on “fake” charges by House Democrats.
Meantime, serious damage has been done. Democrats have spent three years trying to oust Trump. He has been unduly distracted from performing the most important duty in the land, serving as president. Enough Americans will recognize this to reelect him, make sure that at least the Senate does not fall into Democratic hands, and maybe even give the House back to Republicans.