Dems Dumped ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Talking Point Following Focus Groups

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addresses reporters as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) looks on during Pelosi's weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Democrats in Congress moved away from using the phrase “quid pro quo” and switched to using the word “bribery” when talking about their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump after focus groups told them the latter was more damning for the president, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Sources told the Post that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted the focus groups in battleground states. Participants in the groups said “bribery” was a more compelling word to use than the Latin phrase meaning a “favor for a favor.” The results of the focus group studies are said to have circulated on Capitol Hill last week.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a House Intelligence Committee member, was the first to begin moving away from the earlier language when he appeared on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

“It’s probably best not to use Latin words” to explain Trump’s actions, he said on the show.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went full-on bribery during a Thursday press conference decrying the president’s behavior toward officials in Ukraine that is at the heart of the current impeachment hearings. 

“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery,” Pelosi said. “What the president has admitted to and says it’s perfect, I say it’s perfectly wrong. It’s bribery.”

According to a transcript of the news conference, Pelosi used the term “bribe” or “bribery” seven times. She used the term “quid pro quo” once.

Published in IJR


  1. softy-“Seriously, even the most sycophantic Trump supporters are NOT disputing quid pro quo—It is supposedly “good” quid pro quo or not an impeachable offense.” There you go again just plain making crap up. Please explain where you come up with that nonsense. Please tell us where Trump supporters are not disputing a quid pro quo. Please tell us where that bit of unknown info came from. Please cite the quid pro quo you are talking about. I get the feeling that you have no idea what quid pro quo even means since there has been NO EVIDENCE of ANY quid pro quo, PERIOD.

  2. contusion-“He he he! They are sitting in their corners with their fingers in their ears saying, “I can’t HEAR you!” Please tell us all here what CRIME Trump has committed to be impeached. And please, leave out all he has done to make you dislike him because, that last time I checked, pissing off softainthehead and genital contusion is NOT an impeachable offense. BOTH of you seem to forget who was President in 2016 and who did NOTHING about your wild assertions about Russian interference in the election. BOTH of you seem to be blind about which candidate ACTUALLY colluded with the Russians. Both of your bullshit has been shown to be nothing but bullshit every time you comment here. If Trump actually committed a crime why do the dims keep moving the goal posts? Please explain that fact to everyone here who has a fully functioning brain. IF collusion and obstruction was found in the Mueller report, why aren’t the dims focusing on that, softy?

  3. I just wonder what they will come up with after he is reelected, retaking the HOR is of supreme importance so we can send Nan back to Botox central and Schiff to pedophilia heaven.

  4. Let’s review the list of things Trump has DENIED, DENIED, then said OKAY, I did it, SO WHAT?. No campaign contacts with Russians. No business deal in Russia during the campaign. No knowledge of Stormy’s NDA or payment. No dictation of Jr’s “adoption” response to meeting with Russians. No way he would settle the Trump University fraud class action law suits. No firing Comey over the Russia interference investigation. Called “fake news” the reporting of WH Counsel McGahn testifying that he asked McGahn to fire Mueller. No Collusion No Obstruction found in the Mueller Report. No Russian interference in the 2016 election. Claimed HE did not shutdown the government in Dec 2018 –said it was Schumer & Pelosi. No protesters in London during his visit. No quid pro quo”—Seriously, even the most sycophantic Trump supporters are NOT disputing quid pro quo—It is supposedly “good” quid pro quo or not an impeachable offense.

  5. what’s going to happen next? Quid Pro Quo is not working because it never happen. so now they change it to “bribery. schiff just keeps making a fool of himself

  6. If If it really was a bribery Pelosi Schiff Nadler, etc. would not be talking so ”NONCHALANTELY” about it! Trump would be cuffed and pulled by his hair.!. to Jail!

    1. Apparently you missed the DOJ’s interpretation of the statute that a sitting POTUS can not be charged with a crime —-until he leaves office. It was discussed at length by AG Barr and SC Mueller.

  7. It seems their target base isn’t intelligent enough to understand or research “quid pro quo”. lol

    1. Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade why the term “extortion” cannot be applied to a government’s foreign policy.
      The lawyer clarified, “extortion is a domestic criminal law concept where everybody involved is under the same rule of law … under the same legal authorities,”

  8. It’s really sad they are trying to oust Trump based on what words they think they can sell. I really hope people realize what is happening. Go see AOC’s latest comments (about unifying Dems). This is a disgrace and a danger to our Republic. All of these Dems should be removed for sedition!

    1. “Go see AOC’s latest comments (about unifying Dems).” Sherri

      OK, done.

      Now I am confused. What’s the problem, Sherri?

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