Trump is – again – impeached, but a trial in the Senate still seems a long way off. Meanwhile, the authorities are bracing for a spiteful Inauguration Day. It's Thursday, and this is your political tip sheet. Register here to get On Politics to your inbox every working day.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi oversaw the vote to impeach Trump yesterday.
From Opinion: Impeachment 2.0
For storming the Capitol by revolting Trump supporters instigated by the president himself, before President Trump claimed the November election had been faked, before the summer of racial unrest the president used to further his demagoguery, and before the coronavirus pandemic hit U.S. shores, the scandalous news country, Trump's impeachment. But that outrage was strongly polarized.
Democratic voters and lawmakers (as well as some generally non-partisan officials) angrily demanded the removal of the president based on their case that Trump violated his oath of office by bribing a foreign official to publicly order a damaging corruption investigation of Trump's opponent. Republican voters and lawmakers said the multi-step argument was complicated and hypocritical in light of the Democrats' recent history of sponsoring opposition international investigative efforts such as the infamous Steele file.
This time, however, it feels different. In an opinion essay published Wednesday, Steven G. Calabresi, a Republican and professor at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, adds Norman Eisen, a Democrat and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a two-pronged approach to impeachment grounded in the protection of democracy.
They write, “We have significant political differences. But we share a view that should transcend party politics: President Trump should be impeached again and tried in the Senate as soon as possible, either before or after the January 20 inauguration day. The most blatant, accusatory crimes of Mr. against his own vice president, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and pressuring the Georgia secretary of state to "find" enough votes. so that he can destroy the legitimate election results there. & # 39; & # 39;
There are reports that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not lobby against impeaching the president. While Trump's removal before the inauguration day is highly unlikely, Eisen and Calabresi's hopes of a historic, cross-party conviction of the president could actually materialize.
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The Uprising in the Capitol and the Internet
After the crackdown on social media, the organizers of the attack on the Capitol are splintering into dark corners of the internet. Will this reduce the risk of violence or make it more difficult to prevent? Listen to "The Daily. "