Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, amzn.to/2sQBWYL). Professor. Dec. 10, 2019 1 min read

Professor, respectfully, this feels like spin. Trump met the solicitation clause of the bribery statute at the level for conviction; bribery is *more* serious than a catch-all (noncriminal) abuse of power allegation; a "sweeping" indictment, in court, is seen as weak, not strong.

PS/ To the extent any Republican was ever going to consider impeaching this president on any allegation, it would've been far more difficult for them to vote against a narrowly focused and factually predicated article, as compared to a sweeping, overbroad kitchen-sink indictment.

PS2/ For those politicians who are media-conscious, the *best* evidence that they fumbled at the one-inch line today is that the media is already talking about the IG report again, as well as the USMCA, despite the fact *the fourth president in history is about to be impeached*.

PS3/ And Americans understand what bribery is far better than they understand what abuse of power is.

PS4/ And not to point out the obvious, but it was not a matter of bribery *or* abuse of power. Both could have been brought, and if for some reason the former had not made it out of the House, at least an appropriate allegation would have been put forward for consideration.


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