A historic impeachment and a great choice for the Senate

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Trump is indicted – again – but a Senate trial seems a long way off. In the meantime, the authorities are preparing for a day of resentful inauguration. It’s Thursday, and here’s your policy tip sheet. register here to get On Politics delivered to your inbox every day of the week.

President Nancy Pelosi oversaw the vote to impeach Trump yesterday.


Before the storming of the Capitol by rioting Trump supporters encouraged by the president himself, before President Trump claimed that the November election was rigged, before the summer of racial unrest that the president used to promote his demagoguery, and before the coronavirus pandemic hit U.S. shores. , the scandalous news that hit the country was the impeachment of Trump. But this outrage was highly polarized.

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Democratic voters and lawmakers (as well as some generally non-partisan officials) angrily demanded the president’s impeachment based on their claim that Trump violated his oath by bribing a foreign official to publicly order a corruption investigation damaging on Trump’s opponent. Republican voters and lawmakers have said the multistep argument is convoluted and hypocritical in light of the recent history of Democrats sponsoring international opposition research efforts, like the infamous Steele dossier.

This time, however, it is different. In an opinion piece published on Wednesday, Steven G. Calabresi, Republican and professor at the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University, argues with Norman Eisen, Democrat and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a bipartisan approach to impeachment, rooted in the protection of democracy.

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They write: “We have considerable political differences. But we strongly share a point of view that should transcend partisan politics: President Trump must be indicted and tried again as soon as possible in the Senate, either before or after inauguration day on January 20. Mr. Trump’s most egregious and impeccable infractions spur a violent insurgency. against his own vice-president, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and pressure the Georgian Secretary of State to “find” enough votes so that he can overturn the legitimate election result.

Reports have revealed that Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, will not lobby against the president’s impeachment. While Trump’s impeachment before inauguration day is highly unlikely, Eisen and Calabresi’s hope of a historic, interdisciplinary condemnation of the president may in fact become a reality.

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