Imagine, for a second, that there was a guy driving with a friend, not a good friend more of an acquaintance, but a good guy. And this good guy broke several laws, gets pulled over, and an investigation ensues. He's a good guy so this other guy wants to see if he could help him out, you know, as a friend. What luck, the person who is investigating him is a guy he knows, not a friend or anything, but they had dinner together once. Now let's imagine that this first guy is the president... of the city counsel and tries to influence the officer to drop all charges and the investigation into his friend because he's a "good guy". The officer continues on with his job as he was sworn to do when he was first appointed to his post, this president of the city counsel doesn't approve of this and thinks the best way to get this to go away is to get this officer of the law fired and replace him with someone that will drop the case since it's been getting a lot of attention and his own reputation has begun to be hurt based on his connection to the original potential crimes.  What do we call this? a blatant abuse of power? obstruction? At this point it doesn't necessarily even matter if the original claims of criminal activity were exaggerated, because this president abused his power to obstruct an ongoing investigation by a man who had been sworn to uphold the law, which in itself is a crime. Regardless of intent, obstructing an investigation is illegal.  What should happen to this city counsel president? Based on nothing more than this incident it is apparent that he had abused his power and broke the law.