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The Perils of Rushing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) presides over the vote to impeach President Trump for a second time on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The House dispensed with every ordinary procedure around impeachment this week and wrote an article on the fly and passed it immediately.

The rush is understandable in one sense — Trump’s offense was grave, and if the House had hewed to anything like regular procedure it wouldn’t have impeached Trump until after he left office, which it wanted to avoid.

If the point of the exercise was simply to impeach Trump a second time, the rush isn’t a problem. Trump is, indeed, impeached a second time. But if the House actually wants to get a conviction in the Senate, I believe it’s


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