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This is a bombshell. @TheAtlantic calls for #Trump impeachment. Because he has waged, "an attack on the very foundations of America’s constitutional democracy."

"#Impeachment is a process, not an outcome, a rule-bound procedure..."

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"...for investigating a president, considering evidence, formulating charges, and deciding whether to continue on to trial."
"By denying the debate its proper outlet, #Congress has succeeded only in intensifying its pressures."
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"And by declining to tackle the question head-on, it has deprived itself of its primary means of reining in the chief executive."
"Congress can’t outsource its responsibilities to federal prosecutors. No one knows when #Mueller’s report will arrive, what form..."
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"...it will take, or what it will say. Even if #Mueller alleges criminal misconduct on the part of the pres., under Justice Department guidelines, a sitting president cannot be indicted. Nor will the host of congressional hearings fulfill that branch’s obligations."
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"Only by authorizing a dedicated impeachment inquiry can the House begin to assemble disparate allegations into a coherent picture, forcing lawmakers to consider both whether specific charges are true & whether the president’s abuses of his power justify his removal."
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"The question of whether impeachment is justified should not be confused with the question of whether it is likely to succeed in removing a president from office. The country will benefit greatly regardless of how the Senate ultimately votes."
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Says are 5 benefits :
1.) "When presidents face the prospect of impeachment, they tend to discover a previously unsuspected capacity for restraint & compromise"
2.) "paralyzes a wayward president’s ability to advance the undemocratic elements of his agenda."
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5 benefits of #impeachment argued:
3.) "..utility as a tool of discovery and discernment...impeachment can also surface evidence."
4.) "..defusing the potential for an explosion of political violence...Trump would lose the luxury of venting his resentments..."
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"...before friendly crowds, stirring their anger. His audience, by political necessity, would become a few dozen senators in Washington."
5.) "The fifth benefit of impeachment is that, even when it fails to remove a president, it severely damages his political prospects."
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