Seth Abramson @SethAbramson @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of Proof of Collusion (Simon & Schuster) and Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Lawyer. Nov. 02, 2019 1 min read


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*.


You can follow @SethAbramson.


Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Threader is an independent project created by only two developers. The site gets 500,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Running this space is expensive and time consuming. If you find Threader useful, please consider supporting us to make it a sustainable project.