If you are an elected official of the of the U.S. government or an employee, it is ILLEGAL to use that position and power to request or demand something FOR YOURSELF be it money, a favor or thing of value from anyone. It could be something like money or A PROMISE OR THREAT TO DO SOMETHING. It doesn’t matter if you or they or both or neither got what they want.
If you seek or receive something to benefit the U.S., that is legal and what our ambassadors do all the time FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR COUNTRY, NOT A POLITICIAN.
Quid pro quo is not the problem. Diplomats do quid pro quo (one thing given in exchange for another) for the benefit of the country and its citizenry.
What is problematic and impeachable about Trump’s or his minions quid pro quo is that the quid pro quo is for the benefit of the President Donald Trump’s reelection. The quo is not even his to give. As a matter of fact, the military aid he was holding hostage to help his political campaign was voted for by the Congress to be given to Ukraine to benefit the furthering of democracy in that country and it’s fight against the Russian invaders. Therefore, the aid was not his to give or withold.
Is he so stupid as to believe that because he doesn’t say it there can be no QPQ? He talks about needing info on Biden then has his subordinate stop the release of funds, makes more calls, then when caught, releases funds. His actions prove Quid Pro Quo far better than his words. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, flies like a duck; it is a duck.