“A clear and present danger.” Those were the words used by Nancy Pelosi to describe President Trump, and the main thrust of the Democrats’ arguments for impeachment on the House floor.
While most House Republicans lined up against the move, this impeachment, unlike the last, saw a handful vote in favor.
Today, we walk through the events of Wednesday, and the shifting arguments that led up to the history-making second impeachment.
Guest: Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
- President Trump has become the first president to be impeached twice, after the House approved a single chargea single charge of inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol. He faces a Senate trial that could disqualify him from future office.
- Senator Mitch McConnell is said to have privately backed the impeachment of Mr. Trump.
- The second impeachment — in a Capitol ringed by troops — seemed like the almost inevitable culmination of four years that left the nation fractured, angry and losing its sense of self.
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