A former ambassador, Marie Jovanovich, who apparently thwarted Trump's plans to get dirt from Ukraine over former Vice President Joe Biden, was shocked when the president told his counterpart in Kiev by phone that the U.S. official was a diplomatic official in his country was "bad news".
"I was very concerned, I still am," Jovanovic said in an Oct. 11 statement to investigators, saying he felt "threatened" by the harassment words of his own president.
McKinley also swore he asked his boss, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for a statement in support of
Democrats are building a malpractice case and with power
"With each new interview, we learn more about the president's attempt to manipulate the levers of power in personal political gain." benefit, "the chairman of House In said Monday telligence Adam Schiff, a California Democrat.
The President's repeated requests for testimony from the whistleblowers have uncovered a scandal, they begin to sound so that he encourages a leak that reveals a person's identity – in itself a dubious use of the mighty powers of his office.
Republicans have adopted various arguments when they do not violate the integrity of the democratic impeachment process. Some argue that there is no quid pro quo – despite evidence that seems to indicate that Trump made military aid conditional on Biden investigations and the 2016 elections.
Others argue that Trump has broad power to dictate foreign policy and so they deny the allegations that he abuses public trust by wielding national authority for personal purposes. But not only in Ukraine the concept of unlimited presidency over the law has become the dominant theme of the most unconventional administration in modern history.
The act of refusing to open his tax returns to voters is in itself a sign that Trump thinks the duties of power assumed by previous presidents do not apply to him.
His attorneys went further, arguing that since he enjoys special protection, his accountants cannot comply with the subpoena to make their returns available at a large court hearing.
Trump now plans to appeal to the Supreme Court landmark. a case that could set the parameters of presidential power for generations if it prevailed and would be an early test of the new conservative majority secured to the nation's top bench.
Trump had previously sought repeatedly to undermine the independence of the Department of Justice and the reputation of former special counsel Robert Mueller.
A trend that has been noticeable since Trump took office
Although examples of apparent stretching of presidential power have been accumulating in recent days, he has been dealing with it since his early days in office.
In the end, fired FBI chief James Comi testified before Congress that Trump demanded an oath of loyalty when they met for dinner in early 2017. Such patronage relationships would break the invisible wall between the White House and top justice officials. in the US government.
The president's aggressive assertions of his power often seem to be an extension of a dominant character that serves him well in the shark pond of New York real estate – but they have also often made him abide by the law.
They often seem to be generated by a misunderstanding of the powers of the Presidency itself – or by a lack of appreciation of the constitutional principles that many of its predecessors share.  Trump, for example, claims – inaccurately – that a constitution written in the denial of monarchal or absolute power makes it effectively above the law.
Uncertain political consequences
While the trend of Trump's power is understood, their definitive political consequences are yet to be settled.
House Democrats seem likely to succeed But if the Republican-led Senate refuses to condemn Trump for imminent crimes, the president's past behavior suggests he will accept validation of his behavior.
there is a lot of work against constitutional borders in Washington, less sure the rest of the nation is so concerned about its deviations.
Democratic leader Joe Biden did, what he calls Trump's abuses at the center of his campaign, but other potential party challengers seem just as eager to discuss health care as the imperial presidency.
Some legal experts have warned that the present moment is disappearing with national danger.
"We see a misunderstanding among many in society that this is in some way abusing the president, it is an abuse of the process, it is harassment. , this is unfair, "former federal prosecutor Kim Wele said.
" All Americans should understand that the office of the presidency must have checks and balances. Someone else will take this job, "Well, author of the new book, How to Read the Constitution – and Why," tells CNN's Brian Keylar.
"If we allow this office to have no limits, no boundaries, ultimately however, the creators understand this: It is human nature to abuse power and ultimately use it against ordinary people. "