Quid pro faux: Trump impeachment legally fails

Impeaching President Donald Trump is legally flawed. The chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America requested that Ukraine assist our attorney general in investigating possible criminal activity in 2014 through 2016.  Ukraine entered into the "Treaty Between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters," negotiated by President William Clinton and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 2000 while Clinton was still president.  So what Trump asked newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to do, Ukraine was already compelled to do by its reciprocal treaty with the United States.  (Zelensky was elected in May, and his party won other seats in June.  But the conversation with prior officials had been ongoing.) A quid pro quo — which means "one thing in return for another" — is an element of bribery and other similar crimes.  But any time...(Read Full Post)
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