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.
NUGGET: The Dem decision 2 retire “quid pro quo” & embrace “bribery” followed a DCCC study showing the word resonates more in battlegrounds— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) November 15, 2019
It’s also clearly stated in the Constitution as grounds 4 removing POTUS. Could we see it in impeachment articles? https://t.co/kXHRcMpAhg
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.”
“Grounds” for impeachment changed more than a baby’s diaper, & for same reason. From “Russian collusion” to “obstruction” to “quid pro quo” & now “bribery," angry swamp critters are ticked that @realDonaldTrump didn’t let them set policy & repeating 2nd, 3rd or 4th hand gossip.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 15, 2019
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.