Letter to the Editor

Quid pro quo — what is it?

Monday, November 11, 2019

A direct translation is “something for something.” In the international political world it means “I’ll do this — if you do that.”

U.S. federal law prohibits a foreign national from directly or indirectly making a contribution or donation of money or other things of value in connection with a U.S. election. It also prohibits a person from soliciting, accepting or receiving such a contribution or donation from a foreign national. Federal law defines “contribution” as anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office.

The impeachment investigation has now released the transcript of the closed door testimony of Bill Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine. Taylor repeatedly raised concerns about linking U.S. military aid to investigations into the president’s political rivals. He stated: “That was my clear understanding: security assistance money would not come until the president of Ukraine committed to pursue the investigation.” Additional revelations will follow during open hearings.

What more will it require for Trump’s supporters and Congress to see that the case for impeachment is solid?

— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake