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The House impeachment managers’ case against Trump, summarized in 500 words

The House impeachment managers’ case against Trump, summarized in 500 words

The Democratic case against Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial on Wednesday aimed at establishing one central thesis: that the January 6 Capitol insurrection wasn’t some random outburst of violence — it was an effort to overthrow democracy the then-president spent months cultivating. Republican defenders of Trump have tried to distance him from the…
Trump’s impeachment trial brief constructs an alternative reality of January 6

Trump’s impeachment trial brief constructs an alternative reality of January 6

The pre-trial brief prepared by former President Donald Trump’s attorneys ahead of his second impeachment trial, slated to begin Tuesday, constructs an alternative reality regarding the chain of events that preceded the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol and resulted in his impeachment on a charge of incitement. To hear Trump’s lawyers tell it,…
Trump’s impeachment trial is imminent. GOP senators are working to cast it as a Democratic plot.

Trump’s impeachment trial is imminent. GOP senators are working to cast it as a...

Top Republican senators argued on Sunday that the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump set to begin this week is not constitutionally legitimate — and one even tried to suggest that Democrats might be to blame for the storming of the US Capitol. The dismissals and distraction tactics suggest that after a brief…
Is it constitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former president?

Is it constitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former president?

No one knows whether the Constitution permits the Senate to hold an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, now that Trump no longer holds office. To be sure, there is a bevy of legal scholarship discussing this question. And, as a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service notes, “most scholars who have…
The second impeachment of Donald Trump, explained

The second impeachment of Donald Trump, explained

President Donald Trump has ended his fourth year in office the same way he ended his third year: by being impeached by the House of Representatives — this time for inciting his supporters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6. House Democrats voted unanimously to impeach Trump, and 10 Republicans joined them, making this…
How Trump’s impeachment trial foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus crisis

How Trump’s impeachment trial foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus crisis

President Donald Trump’s frustration with Democratic governors who have the temerity to criticize his administration’s flailing response to the coronavirus isn’t just leading him to post sour tweets about them. It’s also reflected in disparities surrounding which states are receiving the medical resources they need to keep patients alive and health care workers healthy. It’s…
With impeachment, America’s epistemic crisis has arrived

With impeachment, America’s epistemic crisis has arrived

This piece was originally published in November 2019. Since then, the Democratic House impeached the president and the Republican Senate voted to acquit him, in a “trial” with no witnesses or new evidence. Public opinion remains divided along the exact same lines it was divided before the whole thing started. Back in 2017, I wrote…
Trump’s impeachment acquittal shows how democracy could really die

Trump’s impeachment acquittal shows how democracy could really die

Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal is a warning sign that something has gone deeply wrong in our political system. It shows a kind of subtle corruption of the law that has, in other countries, led to the decline and fall of their democratic systems in their entirety. Senate Republicans didn’t violate the Constitution’s rules for holding…
Impeachment Season Is Going Strong — But, Where Is Melania Trump?

Impeachment Season Is Going Strong — But, Where Is Melania Trump?

As President Donald Trump is only the third president in history to be impeached, there isn’t a well-worn map for how to navigate the trial and everything that comes with it. Trump is, of course, coping with the news of his impeachment really well: he's curated a Twitter feed closely resembling an unfiltered stream of…
Schiff ends day in the impeachment trial by telling the Senate, “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost”

Schiff ends day in the impeachment trial by telling the Senate, “If right doesn’t...

Rep. Adam Schiff ended the second day of Democrats’ arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial Thursday night with a plea to his fellow members of Congress: Don’t trade our most basic moral principles for politics. “If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost. [The] framers couldn’t protect us from ourselves, if right and truth don’t matter,”…

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