Trump’s acquittal made clear that the bar for convicting ex-officials is higher—but not insuperable. More than two-thirds of the Senate left the door open to convict ex-officials in the future.
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Read alongside one another, these clauses can lead to striking and provocative conclusions.
Join us for a discussion with Bob Bauer about his recent article on Lawfare and the latest developments in the impeachment trial.
A summary of each day’s trial proceedings with analysis and reflections.
Constitutional structure, founding-era understanding and later precedents all reinforce the imperative of employing impeachment to protect constitutional government—even if the president’s term has already ended.
Senators should not concede that former President Trump has the authority to assert executive privilege and direct the withholding of evidence based on his appraisal of the public interest. And it should especially not do so in the context of impeachment.
The 14th Amendment path to holding Trump accountable is true to the facts and preferable procedurally, as compared to impeachment.
Some observers have argued that the First Amendment protects President Trump from conviction before the Senate for his inflammatory rhetoric. Senators should not take this argument seriously.
The bipartisan impeachment vote is an important and necessary step. But it fits President Trump’s final days only awkwardly.
President Trump’s incitement of insurrection stands out as the worst presidential behavior in America’s two-century history. How can he be kept from doing more damage with only two weeks left in his term?