What Trump considers “negotiating with a foreign leader,” the law calls BRIBERY.
If, instead of asking for ILLEGAL political assistance from a foreign government to interfere in an upcoming U.S. election, Trump had said, “OK, we’ll give you the $391 million that you need to defend yourself against an existential threat from Russian aggression, but I need a favor — you give me back one million of it as a kickback.”
Would anyone have the slightest doubt that it would constitute BRIBERY?
The ILLEGAL campaign aid from a foreign government was worth far more than a million dollar kickback.
Obviously, the crime here is BRIBERY which is accepting or soliciting something of value to influence the performance of one’s official duties.
Bribery, along with treason, is one of only two specific crimes listed in the Constitutional provision regarding impeachment, along with more vague, generalized references to unspecified “high crimes and misdemeanors” (U.S. Constitution: Article II, Section 4).
May 31, 2017