The Impeachment Trial’s Stacked Deck

Sen. Patrick Leahy (second from left) and Sen. Joe Manchin leave a meeting in the Kennedy Caucus room to wrap up work on coronavirus economic aid legislation in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2020. (Mary F. Calvert/Reuters)
Trump should receive a fair chance to present the facts and legal arguments of his defense.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the Senate launches its second impeachment trial of Donald Trump next week, its members must confront the deep unfairness of the proceedings.

The Senate rashly claimed jurisdiction over a former president, fumbled on the selection of a presiding judge, and ignored the constitutional — not political — standards that should prevail. Further, it has given Trump’s depleted legal team little time or means to present a full defense — the only guarantee that the American people will accept the verdict as fair. Trump’s lawyers will have to accept these unfair conditions, though might conceivably be able to appeal directly to

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