It’s a quid pro quo. Is it impeachable?

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves goodbye after speaking to reporters as he departs for travel to South Carolina, at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2019. Photo credit: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Ambassador William Taylor described a quid pro quo — military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian announcement of an investigation into Burisma — in his testimony to Congress. He says a top national security official told him that, and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed it, saying he’d made a mistake when he said only a White House meeting depended on such an announcement. In fact, “everything” depended on it. President Trump usurped Congress’ constitutional spending powers for personal use. Is this impeachable. Rich Lowry, Linette Lopez and Josh Barro debate.

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Credits

Guest:
Amy Celico - Albright Stonebridge Group - @AmyCelico

Hosts:
Josh Barro, Linette Lopez, Rich Lowry

Producer:
Sara Fay