According to the president and his defenders, there’s nothing much to see here; Donald Trump has admitted to everything.

As he confessed, and as the telephone transcript he released demonstrates, the president did pressure the Ukrainian government—a government Trump admits is replete with corruption—to direct its institutions toward the investigation of a family member of one of his domestic rivals. Trump has not explicitly admitted to using as leverage the military aid Ukraine had been receiving at regular intervals since 2014 but which dried up inexplicably before this call. But, Trump insists that “it would probably, possibly have been okay if I did.” After all, Trump asked, “Why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?”

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