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Policing the Separation of Powers

The Capitol building at sunrise in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2021 (Erin Scott/Reuters)

In the New York Times, Yale’s Bryan Garsten makes a crucial point in the ongoing debate about whether and how Congress should respond to President Trump’s role in the assault on the Capitol last week.

There are all kinds of principled and practical considerations to account for in contemplating that response. The president’s behavior plainly deserves to be punished — indeed, it was obviously impeachable. But that doesn’t in itself mean that Trump should be impeached. It’s a prudential question. Members of Congress are right to also consider the potential implications of such action: Would it strengthen or weaken Trump? Might

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.


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