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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."
"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..."
"...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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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..."
"...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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