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With the infamous phone call between President Trump’s and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appearing to be a nothingburger following the release of a transcript of the conversation, the liberal media appeared to be urging Congress to find a way to use it for impeachment anyway. During the Wednesday evening newscasts of ABC and NBC, ‘reading between the lines’ was a common refrain.
On ABC’s World News Tonight, anchor David Muir brought on chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and admitted that there wasn’t a demand for dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for military aid. “But you have said, the pressure does not need to be that explicit here,” Muir teed up Abrams.
“That's right, David. As a legal matter, you don't need a quid pro quo. You just need to be able to prove the person knowingly solicited something of value from a foreign national to try to influence the 2020 election,” Abrams argued.
Abrams confessed that “that kind of case is hard to prove and win,” then he suggested the “technical legal question isn't the most important one tonight.” According to Abrams, “the real question is the political one” and all Congress needed to do to hit that low bar was “read between the lines.”