Trump’s Impeachment Is Warranted — but the Senate Should Not Convict

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump after signing it in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Wednesday's vote inflicts a sufficient, humiliating verdict on the president’s conduct.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D onald Trump on Wednesday became the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Republican congressional leaders are signaling that they may contribute the necessary votes not just to impeach, but also to convict Trump for his contribution to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Instead, they would be wise to stop the rush to judgment short of conviction. Impeachment alone, without a verdict of guilt in the Senate, would inflict a sufficient, humiliating verdict on the president’s conduct without doing further damage to the Constitution’s separation of powers.

It should come as no surprise that House speaker Nancy

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John Yoo is the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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