When Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, they continually latched onto "quid pro quo," the legal term for a mutually beneficial favor. They suggested that Trump threatened to withhold Ukraine's military aid unless Zelensky investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for corruption. At the time, Biden was handling international relations with Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration. Hunter was receiving $50,000 a month from Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, despite having no natural energy experience.
Even though Trump released his transcript showing this "quid pro quo" didn't exist, Democrats continued to push that theory. When the average person had no clue what the legal term meant, they strategically changed their message to call it "bribery.".
According to CNN's Dana Bash, Democrats changed their messaging and how they referenced what they claim took place because it "packs more of a punch" and is likely to sway public opinion.
“But this getting across things like the word bribery, and that is — it was a political shift. We all heard Nancy Pelosi do it in her press conference last week. It was blatantly obvious that she used the word bribery intentionally, because it packs more of a punch," Bash explained. "It is more understandable for people, because her goal is to penetrate public opinion. It has been. She’s very open about that, and 'quid pro quo' doesn’t cut it. And that is a political aim, and you know, it is what it is. And that is their goal.”
Bash's fellow panelist reminded her that public opinion isn't swayed by the public relations move. In fact, all this did was piss off Independents. In the polls, 10 percent of Independents viewed impeachment unfavorably, which is a win for Trump.
The American people see this for what this is. It's a sham process being led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who has had it out for Trump since he beat Hillary. He wanted Trump impeached since the moment he took office. Remember: for two years Schiff told us we'd hear the "smoking gun" from the Russia probe. And when Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to deliver on that promise, he had to jump to the next so-called impeachable offense... and that came with this Ukraine call that's been one giant nothing burger.