Donald was right
Donald is right, there was no “quid pro quo” in his call with the Ukrainian President.
“Quid pro quo” (this for that) implies an exchange. Back in the schoolyard quid pro quo was, “If you give me your apple I’ll give you my orange,” or “I’ll do your homework.”
What Donald said was, “I took your lunch money and if you do my homework I might give it back.”
That’s extortion in my opinion. Soliciting a bribe.
Bribery is one of the two specific crimes the Founding Fathers defined as deserving of impeachment.
Donald held back military aid to an ally that has been invaded by Russia.
While this country has withheld foreign aid in cases where the proposed recipient didn’t meet all of the criteria set out in the legislation, that’s not what happened here, in my view.
Defensive aid was passed on a bipartisan basis, and Ukraine was certified to receive it by both the State Department and the Department of Defense. What Donald wanted was an announcement by the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, on CNN that he was investigating Joe Biden, a potential opponent in the next election.
I doubt that he even wanted an actual investigation; an announcement would do just fine.
Ukrainians died waiting for that aid.