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2020 impeachment 101: Pelosi's play pressures Senate GOP into a serious consideration of Trump's behavior

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Nancy Pelosi silences applause after Trump impeachment vote The House speaker sternly shut down House Democrats who began to clap as she announced the results of a vote on the first of two articles of impeachment ...
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Pelosi’s decision to delay sending the impeachment articles to the Senate has had 3 benefits (New York Daily News editorial board):

1st, more incriminating information has come to light. A devastating and detailed New York Times report chronicles President Trump’s obsession with blocking Ukraine military aid to extort an announcement of a Biden  investigation.

2nd, the delay has forced at two Republican senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, to share their public discomfort with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forcing and prejudging a witness-free trial.

3rd: it’s revealed how much being impeached has rattled Trump: Trump’s Twitter rants have soared.

No, there aren’t enough Republican votes to convict and remove Trump. But a true trial can nonetheless produce something vital: shining the light of truth in the president’s eyes (and everyone else's!)

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