Abuse of power
Last week, a whistleblower came forward and revealed that Mr. Trump called the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asking him to look into the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden while hinting at withholding precious aid. Biden is one of the frontrunners or the Democratic Party to go against Trump’s reelection bid next year. The whistleblower, a CIA official detailed to the National Security Council, said he was told by several members of the White House staff that they were disturbed about what had transpired in the July 25 phone call. Worse, there were efforts to expunge records of this call from the White House server, likely after a realization of what had been said. Trump—through his Twitter account, of course—lashed out at this whistleblower and demanded to know his identity. In a ploy many call “normalization,” the US president now seems to relish talking about his alleged offense with regard to Ukraine, and even added he was calling on China to do the same about Biden, trying to make it look like there was nothing wrong with what he was doing. Otherwise, how can he so openly talk about it?