8.13 RECEIVING BRIBE BY PUBLIC OFFICIAL
(18 U.S.C. § 201(b)(2))
The defendant is charged with soliciting, or agreeing to receive a bribe (in U.S. federal court this act would be in violation of Section 201(b)(2) of Title 18 of the United States Code).
In order for the defendant to be found guilty of that charge, we must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt: (Roll over evidence for brief explanation)
First, the defendant was a public official; Evidence
Second, the defendant solicited a favor -> For Mr. Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, to declare two investigations that are not called for based on available facts: one of corruption by a targeted personal political opponent of the defendant and, two, Ukraine's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Evidence
in return for the performance of an official act -> Releasing nearly $4 million in aid money that had been stopped by the defendant and a White House meeting. Evidence
Third, the defendant acted corruptly, that is, intending to be influenced in the performance of an official act. Evidence