As a casual German observer following the news, I wonder about the language used in the news.
I gather that the current situation is that a whistle-blower from an important intelligence position has reported an incident that is deemed urgent and important. This report seems to be held secret by high government offices against well defined laws requiring to forward it.
The reported incident is not public currently, but what is known is that it is about Donald Trump promising a favor to a foreign government. It seems to be that of Ukraine. Together with what is known about earlier events, it seems to be a plausible idea one could assume that Trump has made some kind of secret deal with Ukraine for personal gains.
I'm surprised that the term treason is not commonly used to describe or speculate about the situation. It is certainly a big deal to use the term, and I do not see how that can be not treason.
Do I misunderstand the situation, so that treason just does not apply?