Trump is a Mafia Boss

Quick update to my post.  The bit I quoted down below from the podcast may have come from a tweet from Adam Schiff originally.  It’s still cool, but I want to make sure I’m giving proper credit.


I was doing the daily dog walk today and listening to podcasts as usual.  I occasionally listen to Today, Explained from  Today, they were talking about the Trump/Ukraine scandal and explaining how there can be implicit quid pro quo even when the people involved don’t say, “I will give you $400 million in arms, but in exchange, I want you to investigate the guy who is most likely to be my Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.”

Here is the section from Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), who is a Senior Politics Correspondent at Vox, summarizing what Trump said to the Ukrainian President:

“We do a lot for Ukraine.  There’s not much reciprocity.  I have a favor to ask. Investigate my opponent.  My people will be in touch.  Nice country you’ve got there. It would be a shame if something happened to her.”

See also Adam Schiff’s comments about Trump’s conversation being a mafia-like shakedown:

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