As soon as the whistleblower came forward to accuse Trump of misusing his office and endangering national security in the 2019 Ukraine scandal, Trump was quick to implicate himself by openly admitting to pressuring President Zelensky. Trump’s lawyer, Rudolf Giuliani, publicly acknowledged pressuring Ukraine also, implicated both himself and Trump, but denied there was any withholding of military aid tied to that, refuting the “quid pro quo” that the whole impeachment case became based upon. This favour for a favour amounted to arranging criminal interference of a foreign nation in a US election, a very serious charge, a clear misuse of presidential powers and hugely corrupt. This criminal intent was then verified when Bill Taylor, Trump’s senior Ukraine diplomat, testified that he was told U.S military aid to Ukraine was being used as leverage until Zelensky publicly announcing investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden. Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU, then corroborated these claims confirming a quid pro quo was the direction he was given by Trump in regard to Ukraine, and Trump’s guilt was confirmed again in a House Intelligence Committee report in December 2019.
This came to ahead when the House of Representatives finally impeached Trump on December 18th 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstructing congress. Although he was later acquitted by the Republican led senate, a non-partisan government oversight agency/watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, concluded in January 2020 that the White House had broken federal law by withholding Congress approved military aid from Ukraine. Trump was impeached and remains guilty, despite acquittal.