Former President Donald Trump’s lies led to a bloody riot, desecration of the Capitol building, mass violence, and the tragic deaths of seven people. Now that he has again been impeached by the House but avoided conviction in the Senate, one thing is clear: His party has learned nothing.
Or perhaps more troubling, they’ve learned to imitate him.
The shameful January 6 display at the Capitol began long before that day. It began as soon as Trump started telling what critics have called “the big lie”— the claim that the election was stolen by Democrats. Trump didn’t mean the election…
On Wednesday afternoon, the House impeachment managers laid out the series of tweets, speeches, and interviews in which former President Trump had conditioned his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol. They showed how he riled up his supporters against the election and stoked their rage. They showed how he planned and repeatedly promoted the January 6 rally. They showed how he applauded violent and intimidating messages from his supporters, demonstrating his support for their actions. They showed how his campaign political action funds spent $50 million spreading the lies about the election, advertising the rally, and planning for the event.
As the second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump gets underway in earnest, we know exactly where the Republican Party stands. Most GOP senators voted to dismiss the case before it began, declaring their intention to let Trump off, regardless of the evidence. On Tuesday, 44 of 50 Republicans again voted not to hold the trial after hearing tendentious arguments from Trump’s lawyers, who spoke about everything except what Trump did.
But Republicans’ refusal to even consider the ample proof that Trump incited an attack on the Senate itself actually provides the House managers prosecuting the case with a unique…
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump presents a series of unusual constitutional questions. There is little argument about the facts of the case: Donald Trump repeatedly tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election and then, on January 6, 2021, egged on a crowd that would later storm the Capitol, terrorize lawmakers, damage historic property, and kill a policeman. Instead, the debate and Trump’s likely defense have pivoted on questions of law. Can a federal official be impeached after leaving office? And were Trump’s actions an impeachable offense? …
On Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump became the first person in American history to be impeached twice. By a vote of 232 to 197, Trump was once again branded with the political mark of Cain by the House of Representatives. Unlike the 2020 impeachment, the 2021 vote did not divide neatly along party lines. In the end, 10 Republicans broke ranks to support removing Trump from office, and another four failed to vote, even by proxy. Trump now faces the prospect of a Senate trial, which will take place after he leaves office on January 20.
Less than a week before President Trump’s term ends, the House has voted to impeach him for the second time. But the Senate is in recess until January 19, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday rejected the call for an emergency session for Trump’s impeachment trial. That means a trial wouldn’t take place until Trump is out of office.
The constitutionality of impeaching a former president is murky. While you obviously can’t remove someone from a position they don’t currently hold, senators can hold a separate vote to prevent that person from ever seeking public office again.
Following the siege of the U.S. Capitol at the hands of far-right insurrectionists, a growing number of lawmakers want to remove President Donald Trump from office, either through impeachment or by invoking the 25th Amendment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the highest-ranking Democrats in Congress, called for invoking the 25th Amendment, which would require Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to get together and vote to remove Trump from the presidency because he won’t “discharge the powers and duties of his office.” In a statement, Schumer said, “What happened at the U.S. Capitol…
Just one week after the Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors, America needs to set its tally of “days since a constitutional crisis” back to zero.
On Tuesday afternoon, four federal prosecutors tasked with the prosecution of Roger Stone abruptly asked to withdraw from their role with the case, and one resigned outright from the Department of Justice.
These acts of professional defiance came hours after the DOJ made clear its intention to reduce the seven-to-nine-year sentencing recommendation the prosecutors had made in their case against Stone. And that rollback came approximately 12 hours after…
It ended as it was always going to end.
Mitch McConnell always had enough votes to prevent Donald Trump’s richly deserved conviction in the U.S. Senate. The combination of McConnell’s iron hand, the threat of him holding back National Republican Senatorial Committee reelection money, and the state of quivering, impotent terror to which Trump reduces GOP elected officials made reaching two-thirds a distant dream.
Trump’s GOP is a party bereft of heroes.
Maxine Waters might have lost the battle, but she is sure as hell not ready to call it quits on the war.
As President Donald Trump prepared to give a victorious State of the Union address knowing that the U.S. Senate would likely acquit him on Wednesday, Waters had other plans in mind. First and foremost, gathering both young journalists like myself at her annual Millennial Media Row and Capitol Hill’s finest young interns at a SOTU watch party. Second, remind everyone to own their political power and why the country needs them.
“They’ve reneged on their responsibility, and so…