Trump's Abuse of Presidential Power
Official Misconduct (Malfeasance)
There are two realities in Washington, D.C., where the White House is home to President Trump. In one reality, President Trump has done nothing wrong during his conversation with the president of the Ukraine who was in dire need of the $400 million dollar loan and Trump's request for a favor to investigate corruption pointed at the Bidens, Trump's political rival for 2020. The other reality is that none of it was okay. None of it was presidential. None of it should be done, to ask a foreign government to investigate an American citizen who happens to be a rival in the 2020 election for president!
For many in a real reality, it is an abuse of power and authority. it is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election. The unlawful act was the withholding of the loan to Ukraine with the intent on getting them to do a personal (not official government) business or favor in obtaining any credible dirt on Joe Biden and son that benefits ONLY Trump, personally. And, had this been done and never revealed, the outcome might have been just that. What Trump did was use the office of the US president for personal gain or benefit.
Not hard to see given the evolving facts. Ukraine had no idea why the loan approved by Congress was halted. They were trying to find out. They wanted to buy more US military equipment to thwart off Russian aggression. Even the US Ambassador to the Ukraine wanted little to do with this type of request as POTUS had conveyed. It looked like a bribe or extortion to many legal counsels in a soft manner, cloaked as a "favor". And, if the favor was done, the loan would arrive and the Ukraine could buy more US military equipment.
In Plain Sight
The Abuse of Power is in plain sight to those willing to see the overall context of the conversation through unbiased lens. Those who support Trump often claim he has every right to do this, even Trump has requested China to look into the Biden affair. Why? Trump seems to think he can get their cooperation due to do that China really wants the sanctions lifted that he imposed, and all Trump wants is for a personal favor, to look into the Biden situation, get some dirt on him, so Trump can personally gain from it in the 2020 election.
The key thing many are not seeing is that Trump is using his position as POTUS to get a "favor" that only benefits him or his company, it does NOT benefit the USA in any way! The situation would be different if the benefactor was America and not Trump Inc.
It makes you wonder just how many other off the record 'this for that" deals Trump has made with countries for personal gain or for Trump Inc. Trump, in his own mind, think he nothing wrong because he comes from a place where this kind of thing is normal business in real estate. When he released it phone transcript of the Ukraine call, little did he know this would happen. Yet, behind the scenes, the WH staffers knew it was an abuse of power and is impeachable, which is why they sought to bury it in a classified server. Luckily, Trump did not allow it, thinking he was actually being transparent!
Well, transparent it is but in the BAD way.