What Trump’s Acquittal Means for the Rule of Law

President Trump at the White House in 2018. (File photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)
It will go on. Meanwhile, Congress ought to get back to its business.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n Wednesday’s final impeachment vote in the Senate, only one Senate Republican, Mitt Romney, crossed party lines to vote to remove Donald Trump from office. No Senate Democrat bucked party-line discipline to vote for Trump’s acquittal. This followed last Friday’s 51–49 vote to conclude the trial on the basis of the evidence heard in the House, without live witness testimony. Only two Republicans (Romney and Susan Collins), and no Democrats, crossed party lines in that vote.

There has been a great deal of hand-wringing about what it means that Senate Republicans kept enough of a united front to dispose of the

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