I've been reading this and they do a good job of laying out the case, including making the case for why they don't need to have an additional investigation process. They're largely relying on a record of events that happened in public - statements, tweets, posts, etc.
The committee makes the note that previous impeachment proceedings have included an investigation phase but they also note that the Constitution leaves it to the House to determine its own procedures, and in this case they've determined investigation is unnecessary.
It's possible for House members to disagree with what the facts mean, but the facts are assembled in the report, and the committee's conclusion is that they are damning enough.
So I'm heartened that the House Democrats are taking this seriously and compressing the process to the extent that it's under their control to compress, and not shrinking from or denying that they have that power.
Frankly, after the Senate declined to hear testimony last time, I would like to see someone try to take the House to task for not going through the motions of a longer investigation.
There is one nuance that I don't see them touching on in building their case -- and I don't think it's necessary that they do, and in fact it might undermine their argument as it's a little bit more nebulous -- but which I think is important to understanding what's going on.
Now, Lin Wood has repeatedly pointed out that he's calling for Pence to face a firing squad (a judicial sentence), not for Trump supporters to shoot him. Similarly, Ali Alexander's and Trump's defenses of the "Stop The Steal" rally hinges on the idea that they seek legal remedies
But the thing is, to the crowd they're speaking of -- and in Alexander and Wood's case, part of -- "the law" isn't the law, the law is "we're the good guys so what we do is right".
They speak about "arresting" Governor Whitmer or Mike Pence or Nancy Pelosi and they're actually talking about vigilantes kidnapping them. So we're supposed to understand that when these would-be kidnappers talk about executions, they mean anything but murder at their hands?
Even when they're talking about federal law enforcement forces, their idea of rule of law is anything but. They imagine a world where Donald Trump could *secretly* declare martial law or invoke the insurrection act, a world of secret police, secret courts, secret trials, etc.
As the impeachment report makes clear, several of the insurrectionists told cops and livestreams at the time that they were in the capitol because Trump had told them to be there. In their mind, they were authorized to go there and do those things.
Compare to the "poll watchers" who showed up on election night with no training or orientation and just said "President Trump sent me."

He's their dictator; the law is what he dictates.
They believe a "patriot" with zip ties and a gun is a good as any court system (better, since they see the courts as corrupt in their unwillingness to do what Trump says). They believe Trump's word is as good as law or better.
And Trump matches them perfectly insofar as he believed a bunch of armed hooligans tearing through Congress was likely to overturn the results of the election. Why couldn't it? Why wouldn't it? In his world, the weak give way to the strong. That's the only law he recognizes.

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13 Jan
Yes! The impeachment is very loosely akin to an indictment, which is where the decision is made to bring charges. The House is very roughly like a grand jury in this analogy.

Next, managers from the House will act effectively as prosecutors for a trial in the Senate.
The Senate can vote to convict and will, in the event of a conviction, vote for the penalty. The two things we're looking for are removal from office (likely moot by that point), and barring him from holding office in the future.
It takes a two-thirds "supermajority" to convict and so the magic number we are looking for is 67, which will mean (if all Democrats hold the line) at least 17 Republicans crossing the line. This is far more likely to happen if McConnell comes out for conviction.
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13 Jan
So as I alluded to in my impeachment thread, I don't think the Democrats made their case as strongly as they could have, but they didn't need to because Donald Trump himself made the case for them.

The Senate trial will be different and I hope they make the strongest case.
Today was really more of a procedural vote than anything. The votes needed were lined up beforehand, with some wiggle room on the Republican side.
There is a chance! For my money, assuming nothing major and unexpected changes between then and now, the chance rests on enough Republicans seeing and seizing on a chance to be FREE of him.

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13 Jan
Louie Gohmert, who sued to have the Supreme Court say that his party's vice president can, should, and must overturn the results of our democratic election, wants us to know that he thinks impeaching Trump is a dangerous threat to our experiment in self-governance.
Darrell Issa is insisting that Donald Trump's conduct hasn't escalated over four years but has been extremely consistent.

The Republicans are kind of doing a terrible job of defending Trump.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries has a powerful delivery. If I were running for anything he'd be on the list of people I'd want to stump for me.
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12 Jan
The MAGA talking point that Trump is promoting, that the 25th amendment "will come back to haunt" Biden, and that that shouty woman in Florida said to the British TV man... so far as I can tell, it's based on the conspiracy theory that President Kamala Harris is the Dems' endgame
You know, there are people on here who go around saying "How did a guy who hid in his basement all summer win 81 million votes?" as if "Joe is hiding in his basement" isn't a talking point they invented and a thing that actually happened.
So the targeting on this 25th amendment whataboutism is really weird because in their worldview, Joe Biden being removed by it is *exactly* what the Democratic establishment already wants to do, and has always planned to do.
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12 Jan
I was just about to start rewatching Breaking Bad for the second time since Quarantimes began and instead I started rewatching Better Call Saul. And that's called growth.
Don't think I ever twigged Jimmy saying that his clients in his first public defender case are "near honor students" before.
Yeah, both shows are really well written as far as characterization goes. It's just that one of them structures the entire narrative around a character I really don't enjoy watching at all.

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12 Jan
The thing I keep thinking about is the state department canceling all its planned overseas travel for the week to prepare for the transition. The inauguration's date is fixed by the Constitution and was known well in advance, so this was not a surprise.
To be clear I'm not reading something sketchy into the cancelation; I don't think that portends some big move by Trump and his enablers, for instance.

But Pompeo had a big Europe trip planned that he's now decided doesn't make sense to do, in light of the transition?
Kind of sounds like until very recently, Pompeo was super on board with proceeding as though there would be no transition and Trump would remain in office indefinitely.
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