Three months ago, no speaker of American English would have thought your definition of bribery captures the meaning of the word.

Asking “this for that” favors isn’t the crime here; the crime is the President’s demand for something that will benefit him personally. This is also known as bribery, or extortion.

No it isn’t. The mere asking of favors is not bribery. Bribery entails giving or receiving a bribe. A bribe is money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust to do something illegitimate or illegal that they would not have done otherwise. If I give $200 to the mayor’s political campaign and she gets elected and fixes the potholes on my street, that is politics not bribery. If I give the mayor’s no-good son a no-show job in my construction company and the mayor arranges for my company to get a lucrative contract, that is bribery. If I ask the DA to investigate the hiring of a business rival’s son to a do- nothing job and to the award of a fat contract to my rival, that is not bribery.

Given that the Obama state Department and anyone else over three years old realizes Hunter Biden’s job with Burisma is a blatant conflict of interest, the suggestion that the Ukrainians investigate is completely legitimate. By the way, it appears in the call and in all other direct evidence as a suggestion, not a demand. But whatever it is, it sure ain’t bribery.

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