Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Instances
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The impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump that begin today are only the fourth in US history. Nicholas Fandos, a Congressional correspondent for the Times who covered Mr. Trump’s first impeachment, discussed what seems familiar and what feels different about this second trial.
Where will you be for impeachment?
This time around, I will likely follow most of the action from my home in Washington as we, like other news organizations, have tried to limit our physical presence in the Capitol. Fortunately, most of these events are recorded on C-SPAN or broadcast via live stream. Vaccinations are becoming more common among lawmakers, but most reporters still don’t have them.
How did the last impeachment prepare you to cover this?
It’s so wild Up to that point in American history there had been three impeachment trials against the president. So there is a certain amount of expertise that you need to develop in order to understand the rules of impeachment and the various terms, not to mention the requirement that you have a large, complicated political, legal, and constitutional history to master. In a way, I’m lucky this time around because I don’t have to learn the rules all over again.
What does it feel like?
The core charge against Donald Trump is the same in many ways. In essence, he has been accused of taking extraordinary, abusive steps to remain in office and maintain his power at the expense of the Constitution and the country. I also think many of the political issues are the same. Are the Republicans ready to punish and exceed this number, who committed these acts, but who is also the most popular figure in their party and who has tremendous loyalty?
That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]
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