I'll put my 2 cents in now, I've been wanting to discuss this by starting a new thread a week ago, but was reluctant at calling it what it is.
First of all, Trump can barely say those three words when he addresses his followers at campaign rallies. Who started this phrase in the first place?
When you talk of this 3 word phrase, you could even be talking about how American foreign policy works, we don't know all the details of deals made behind closed doors or with back door diplomacy in deals the U.S. has made with other countries. I'd like to know why Saudi's get a pass on human rights abuses and we still sell them weapons. What about Iraq? What deals did we make with that country's installed leaders?
What about political leaders? here's one: Rod Blagojevich, "He was found guilty on all charges pertaining to the Senate seat, as well as extortion relating to state funds being directed towards a children's hospital and race track. However, he was acquitted on a charge pertaining to the tollway extortion and avoided a guilty verdict (by split decision) on attempting to extort Rahm Emanuel. On December 7, 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Blagojevich#F...
That is a great example of a quid pro quo.
In discussing Trump and comparing him with back door deals made with other nations, I'm comparing oranges to apples. Why and how? Well, first of all, e.g., we're not talking about Ukraine getting their forces out of somewhere and we'll give you $531M, what we're talking about here is finding dirt on political candidates, from a foreign nation, this is wrong on so many levels. Usually, when we make deals with foreign nations, it involves troop movements or the occupation of foreign land, not a political rival.
What Trump did is extortion IMHO, it is this man's MO, he never gives up anything for nothing, and claims he is the deal maker. How many times have we seen him do this over and over again and again? I surmise that the GOP is complicit, since no GOP leaders are willing to step forward and call Trump out on his dirty dealings. Why? They're afraid of what Trump will do to their political careers, they're washing his back while he scratched theirs.
(M.O.) modus operandi: Modus operandi, (Latin: “operating method”,)abbreviation Mo, in criminology, distinct pattern or manner of working that comes to be associated with a particular criminal.
If Trump was making this dirty deal with Ukraine's leaders, just think of all the other dirty little deals that haven't come to light yet. I'm confident that once his tax documents become public, the whole world will come crashing down upon him. He's probably very afraid that might happen. He should keep Rudolph as his attorney, he's a talker, and he can help in the impeachment process.
The one thing that bugs me about this diplomat, a Trump advisor and campaign contributor, Sondland, seems to have a selective memory, or has memory problems. Perhaps when threatened with legal action by a house member, that refreshed his memory into telling the truth?
It's like I held up a gas station yesterday, was apprehended, the cops say they're going to go after me for the station attendant's death, and I say well, I didn't kill, but I'll tell you the truth now, my buddy killed the station attendant. But I'm just as guilty because I was there when it happened. I'll do a guilty plea for a lesser charge (Sondland) lying to congress, rather than being complicit to extortion.