Seth Abramson+ Your Authors @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. Proof of Corruption (preorder: & NYT bestsellers Proof of Conspiracy ( & Proof of Collusion. Nov. 02, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors


There's no coming back from a mass Republican admission of what the evidence confirms: a quid pro quo that extended *well* beyond a single phone call. So if and when what the Post describes happens, media *must* explain our bribery statutes.

1/ 18 U.S.C. § 201 makes it a felony punishable by 15 years in prison to, “directly or indirectly, corruptly seek anything of value in return for being influenced in the performance of any official act.” “Anything of value” is defined as anything with a “market value.”

2/ The facts confirm that the "market value" of what Trump "corruptly" (i.e., for personal gain) sought on the call with Zelensky was...

...$391 million. Because that's the amount Trump was willing to release to Ukraine if it initiated the two investigations Trump was demanding.

3/ Is $391 million *way* overpaying for two bogus investigations Ukraine couldn't possibly sustain without fabricating evidence? Of course. But no one can claim Trump and his agents didn't put a "market value" on the investigations. That's *exactly* what they did. Systematically.

4/ Remember: Q=B=I.



5/ 18 U.S.C. § 201 says that a president can't “corruptly”—for his own benefit—enter into a quid pro quo. So Kennedy is arguing Trump sought to provoke an investigation of his chief 2016 and 2020 political rivals—Clinton and Biden—for no reason but *the good of the nation*.


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