These have been 10 days that shook America and
the world. Congress has made the right response
of justice are slowly but remorselessly closing in on Donald Trump and his
gang. Mr Trump’s second impeachment is unprecedented in two extraordinary ways.
No other president in American history has been institutionally censured with a
second impeachment. Mr Trump must now carry this unique double burden of
disgrace into history. But the second impeachment has also been the most
rapidly crafted of them all. That is because, unlike its predecessors, it is an
urgent response to a clear and present danger to American democracy.
week, Mr Trump was still actively using the presidential bully pulpit to
promote his lies about the 2020 election result and urge his supporters to
march on the US Capitol to challenge the vote. Today, rightly cut off from his
social media following and in the wake of a 232-197 congressional vote against
him on Wednesday, he is ineluctably becoming a humbled – though never a humble
– figure. Mr Trump remained defiant and mendacious in a White House video this
week, but he now faces a second Senate trial and the very real prospect, if he
is found guilty, of being barred from holding office ever again. This is not
the future that Mr Trump planned for himself.
A year ago,
when Mr Trump was first impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of
Congress, the vote to put him on trial went almost wholly along party lines.
This week, in the second impeachment, party loyalty was still very strong, but
there were significant shifts and cracks within the Republican party. Ten House
Republicans voted with the Democrats, including the third most senior in the
party leadership, Liz Cheney. Several others, notably the party’s House leader,
Kevin McCarthy, tried to triangulate between a previously unthinkable readiness
to denounce Mr Trump and a long-familiar reluctance to stand up to him by
voting for impeachment. Nevertheless, the majority of Republicans, who a week
ago had also voted to challenge a number of electoral college results, again
remained cravenly loyal to Mr Trump.
Trump’s grip on the Republican party is slowly beginning to loosen. This is
partly because some newly announced sceptics in the party have finally found
their voices as the clock nears midnight for the Trump presidency. The most
significant of these is Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader,
who has worked in lockstep with the Trump White House for the past four years.
Recently re-elected for another six-year Senate term, he now hints that he is
pleased about the impeachment and may even vote for it in a trial. It is an
opportunity that he should give himself, by supporting an early scheduling.
with Senator McConnell, there is political calculation at work here. But he is
not alone in that. Democrats were rightly outraged at what happened on 6
January. But their grip on the House was reduced in November and the Senate is
evenly balanced, so impeachment may help them leverage fresh support in next
year’s midterm elections, to which many minds have now turned. Democrats have
an interest in making Republican candidates choose between condemning or
backing Mr Trump. Those who condemn him may face selection challenges from the
right, perhaps splitting the vote; those who support him will be targeted as
lackeys of a disgraced president. It could prove a win-win approach.
been 10 days that shook the world. Mr Trump’s incitement of an insurrectionary
assault on the Capitol that led to five deaths was a terrible act. An
exceptional assault on democracy had to be met with an exceptional display of
resolution and retribution. The present and future safety of the republic
demanded no less. It had to be a response that recognised the seriousness of
what happened on 6 January and one that, at the same time, reasserted the authority
of the constitution. The House of Representatives has done that. It has
cleansed the stables. The response reflects well on the strength of America’s
institutions and public values. The stage is now set for Joe Biden and Kamala
Harris to lead America towards a different kind of future – if they can do it
and if the country is willing to follow.
— Dear Republicans,
Was Your Deal With Trump Worth It?
When Donald Trump ran for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, many top Republicans shunned him. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confidently explained how Trump was “not going to change the platform of the Republican Party, the views of the Republican Party… we’re much more likely to change him.” He even admitted, “it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues.” McConnell alluded to Trump’s racism in vague terms, saying, “I object to a whole series of things that he’s said—vehemently object to them. I think all of that needs to stop… these attacks on various ethnic groups in the country.”:
–Trump ‘refusing to pay’ Rudy Giuliani’s legal
fees after falling out
President said to be offended by personal lawyer’s demand
for a reported $20,000 a day. Trump
has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay the former New York
mayor’s legal bills, it was reported, with the president feeling abandoned and
frustrated during his last days in office. Giuliani played a key role in
Trump’s failed attempts to overturn the results of November’s presidential election
through the courts. The lawyer mounted numerous spurious legal challenges,
travelling to swing states won by Joe Biden, and spread false claims the vote