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[Thread] Ever since Trump took office, we’ve been publishing pieces tackling the pros and cons in the debate over impeachment.

Should it take place? Why are Democrats dragging their feet? What lessons can we learn from history? Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane…
Trump’s “Muslim ban” came only one week into his presidency.

Enforcing the order despite federal judges temporarily enjoining parts potentially committed contempt of court—an impeachable offense—by day nine: newrepublic.com/article/140220…
Before Democrats won the House, @alex_shephard advised the left to not run on the "i-word."

"While the legal arguments for impeaching Trump are strong—and they will probably get stronger—there are serious pitfalls to impeachment as an electoral approach." newrepublic.com/article/142860…
February 2018, @ElizabethDrewOH examined this vital question: Does our government have the means to remove an unfit president from office?

She said no. That answer may soon be tested.
While Trump’s hotel has been profiting from foreign emoluments, he ordered an investigation into whether the FBI had “infiltrated” his campaign, then pressured the postmaster general to punish Jeff Bezos by raising postal rates on Amazon’s packages.

Democrats took control of the House, and @alex_shephard reminded the left to heed the words of Lindsey Graham before sending off subpoenas and impeaching Trump.

“Been there, done that with Clinton... It will blow up in their face.” newrepublic.com/article/152226…
Even with the mountain of evidence pointing to obstruction of justice, Democrats refused to budge on impeachment as of April 2019. Why?

@pareene summarized one reason being Trump’s congressional opposition is “terrified to exercise their own power.” newrepublic.com/article/153629…
Mueller clarified an important part of his report. Only Congress can hold Trump accountable. @fordm wrote that Democrats were either waiting on a smoking gun, “don’t think Trump’s abuses of power justify impeachment, or they’re spooked of voter backlash.”
Trump was asked in June whether his campaign should accept foreign information on political opponents, or instead call the FBI.

“I think maybe you do both,” he replied. “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening.” newrepublic.com/article/154203…
And then there’s this piece by @OsitaNwanevu arguing that the Trump administration’s desire to seize private land and pardon law-breakers to build a border wall is the best reason to impeach. newrepublic.com/article/154907…
Our newsroom has been debating impeachment while urging politicians to show some backbone throughout Trump’s presidency.

Help us continue to do this and support our independent journalism by subscribing here: subscriptions.newrepublic.com/servlet/Orders…
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