Old and busted: Quid pro quo! New impeachment hotness: Bribery! House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff has hinted at the nomenclature change for a few weeks, and he rolled it out on Impeachapalooza Eve in this interview with NPR. At the same time, Schiff also tried to redefine it, a clear sign that he may not have a case with either:
The man leading the impeachment inquiry says he already sees several potential impeachable offenses committed by President Trump.
— Morning Edition (@MorningEdition) November 13, 2019
“Bribery, first of all, as the founders understood bribery, it was not as we understand it in law today. It was much broader,” Schiff said. “It connoted the breach of the public trust in a way where you’re offering official acts for some personal or political reason, not in the nation’s interest.”
To prove bribery, Schiff said, you have to show that the president was “soliciting something of value,” which Schiff thinks multiple witnesses before his committee have testified to in private.