The Impeachment of Donald J Trump

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Trump, Shifting Arguments, Urges Swift Dismissal of Impeachment Charges
President Trump on Sunday injected fresh instability into final preparations for the Senate’s impeachment trial, suggesting that senators should dismiss the House’s charges of high crimes and misdemeanors against him outright rather than dignifying them with a full tribunal.

That unexpected statement, arriving amid a flurry of tweets, not only appeared to put the president at odds with Republican Senate leaders moving toward a full trial but also contradicted Mr. Trump’s own words from just hours earlier, when he argued for a trial that would include as witnesses Democratic House leaders who are prosecuting him.
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It was the latest instance of the president publicly vacillating between his apparent desire to make the charges disappear and to precipitate an extended spectacle in the Senate that would turn the tables and put his critics on trial. Hours before, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had warned that anything short of a full trial with new witnesses and evidence would abet Mr. Trump’s attempts to cover up wrongdoing.

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How Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the politically charged Trump impeachment trial
The Constitution requires that when a president is put on trial for impeachment, "the Chief Justice shall preside." Roberts will be the third to assume that responsibility after Salmon P. Chase presided over the Senate trial of Andrew Johnson in 1868 and William Rehnquist oversaw the trial of Bill Clinton in 1999.
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Roberts' job will likely be more complicated than the one Rehnquist faced. Before Clinton's trial began, the Senate's majority and minority leaders — Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota — worked out the rules together, sticking closely to those adopted for Johnson's trial. No such spirit of bipartisanship has guided preparation for President Donald Trump's trial.

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How Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the politically charged Trump impeachment trial
The Constitution requires that when a president is put on trial for impeachment, "the Chief Justice shall preside." Roberts will be the third to assume that responsibility after Salmon P. Chase presided over the Senate trial of Andrew Johnson in 1868 and William Rehnquist oversaw the trial of Bill Clinton in 1999.
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Roberts' job will likely be more complicated than the one Rehnquist faced. Before Clinton's trial began, the Senate's majority and minority leaders — Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota — worked out the rules together, sticking closely to those adopted for Johnson's trial. No such spirit of bipartisanship has guided preparation for President Donald Trump's trial.

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The Senate rules for Clinton's impeachment passed 100-0. Talk about bipartisanship.
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