Abuse of power

commission of an unlawful act in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties

Abuse of power is the act of taking advantage of one's high authority in order to control what other people with lower authority are able to do.[1] Abuse of power is often associated with corruption.[2][3][4] Often, presidents are charged with abuse of power because they pressure all of the less powerful politicians into doing things that the other politicians disagree with. Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was impeached on December 2019 because of a scandal where he agreed with Ukraine to manipulate the 2020 presidential election in exchange for foreign aid.[5][6]


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  3. "Vanuatu officials accused of abuse of power amid corruption claims". www.rnz.co.nz. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  4. Gerson, Michael (2019-09-24). "Opposing Trump's corrupt abuse of power is today's form of patriotism". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  5. Savage, Charlie; Williams, Josh (October 4, 2019). "Read the Text Messages Between U.S. and Ukrainian Officials". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019. A newly released set of text exchanges revealed details about President Trump's efforts to use American foreign policy to benefit himself.
  6. Barrett, Devlin (September 26, 2019). "Whistleblower claimed Trump abused his office and that White House officials tried to cover it up". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.