Magazine February 8, 2021, Issue

The Impeachment Trump Deserved

In the U.S. Capitol, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signs an article of impeachment against Donald Trump, January 13. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
It isn’t the one he got

Was the goal to wage partisan combat or to get President Trump impeached? The question is worth asking after House speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic-controlled House rammed through an article of impeachment in a one-day proceeding.

No hearings, no testimony, no Judiciary Committee consideration of the potential legal pitfalls. After just a few hours of clipped arguments, ten Republicans joined all the chamber’s Democrats in citing the president for “incitement of insurrection.” The shame is that it could have been so many more, in a moment that cried out for unified, bipartisan condemnation.

Congressional Democrats overplay their hand more reliably than

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