Seth Abramson @SethAbramson @Newsweek columnist. Analyses @BBC. NYT bestselling author of Proof of Conspiracy ( Next: Citizen Journalist (Macmillan). Professor. Attorney. Sep. 25, 2019 1 min read

If media reports today's news correctly—not just saying (as they have been) that the only thing the memo shows is Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden (which would on its own still be impeachable)—the GOP talking points issued this AM will fail, and we'll hit a turning point

1/ The memo is what lawyers call a "prima facie" case of quid pro quo, meaning on its face it'd establish a quid pro quo in court, pending a rebuttal; moreover, in establishing a quid pro quo, the memo establishes impeachable crimes (bribery and illegal solicitation of donations)

2/ Any outlet that says only that the memo "shows Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden" isn't being even-handed, but rather *not doing its job*—and is providing *inaccurate* legal/factual analysis in an effort (presumably) to avoid angering sensitive Trump-supporting readers

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