Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Oct. 01, 2019 1 min read

So Trump is told by DHS the Ukraine conspiracy theory he's pushing is false; Ukraine asks for military aid; Trump says he needs a favor because the US-Ukraine relationship isn't reciprocal; Trump's ask aims to get what he knows would be false info. And that's... *not* conspiracy?

1/ To wit, the conspiracy is *Conspiracy to Commit Fraud on the United States*. Both parties take a step toward completion of the conspiracy by Ukraine agreeing to a fake investigation and Trump holding up military aid in advance of getting fake info from that fake investigation.

2/ Media keeps leaving out the fact Trump was asking for info the USIC already told him was false. He doesn't get to be a dilletante with respect to intelligence from the top intelligence agencies in the world. He's obligated to act as a reasonable person in receiving that intel.

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