February 16, 2021


Everything about Trump’s impeachment trial is personal

These House managers were lawyers and witnesses and victims simultaneously. And as they spoke to the American public, they emphasized their multiple roles as victims and witnesses, while noting that some of the very people sitting in the Senate chamber are accomplices, too.

Last year, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), then the Senate majority leader, reprimanded Democrats who wouldn’t sit patiently while Trump slowly cycled through the stages of election grief until he eventually arrived at acceptance — even though the president was giving every indication that he planned on setting down roots somewhere between anger and denial. Now McConnell has

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Democrats give up on calling witnesses in Trump trial after Senate approved

  • House managers reversed course and decided not to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial.
  • It was a surprising twist given they had demanded witnesses and the Senate approved the request.
  • The House managers and Trump’s lawyers will now get two hours each for closing arguments.
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Democrats abruptly reversed course Saturday on their demand to call witnesses in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, deciding after several hours that they wouldn’t call witnesses after all. It was a surprising twist in an already tumultuous trial, given that Democrats had asked to call

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Impeachment trial: Political, but also deeply personal

In the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, senators are not only jurors, but witnesses. 

Each lawmaker who was in the Capitol on Jan. 6 has his or her own memories, many of which were brought back vividly by the rapid-fire succession of video clips shown during the trial this week. But most of them were evacuated so quickly that some only now are realizing the full scope of the siege and just how close the rioters got to them. 

For Democrats, the evidence overwhelmingly proves that Mr. Trump is guilty as charged of inciting an insurrection. Yet

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