Congress rarely provides justice or reform. It's a bastion of conflicts & procedural rules.

But for 18 months after a Presidential election, an agenda can be set.

& Congress can't chew gum and walk - they fuck that up bad. We could get 1 trial, or debates on a bunch of issues.
If President Biden had demanded Congress hold a trial, with witnesses and tons of subcommittee hearings, he could have easily done that. And he could have put so much pressure that today could have easily been a different outcome. Now, why didn't Biden put all his chips on this?
A U.S. President has about 18 months after a Presidential Election to get something important done. From 1990's healthcare reform attempts, Bush tax cuts, Obamacare, Trump's tax efforts -- and Biden *could have chosen* to spend his time/political capital on a trial.
But as many folks have mentioned, Senate rules empower the trickle-down nihilist Rand Paul to basically grind all non-trial work to a literal stand-still; literally nothing else being debated - he will do that and he has a record of doing this. Kentucky elects garbage Senators.
Congress has two options: push forward w/ a trial not supported by President Biden while also likely sabotaging any Biden agenda, or let the FBI make criminal cases, civil courts hold Trump responsible for acts "outside protections of WH" + support Trump's financial audits
Justice comes in many forms -- and it takes time. Merely winning control of the Senate and House and Executive Branch, does not remove the power of numerous obstructionists, or change the rules within these branches of government that are purposefully built to slow progress.🖖

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