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Impeachment Articles' Simplicity Is Their Strength

Posted On: Dec 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Impeachment Articles' Simplicity Is Their Strength

House Democrats unveiled two narrowly focused articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and as expected, they drew widespread criticism from Trump's allies and displeasure from some Democrats, who wanted a broader set of charges. But Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee were wise not to throw the kitchen sink at Trump. They picked the two most provable charges-abuse of power related to the Ukraine scheme at the heart of their inquiry, and Trump's obstruction of the inquiry itself. The votes on these articles-in the full House and ultimately at trial in the Senate-are expected to follow party lines. Despite the abundant evidence that has emerged over the past three months, Republicans so far have formed themselves into a human wall around the president. But it is just as important that Democrats make their case to the public. Limiting the number of allegations enables them to tell a concise narrative that voters can get their heads around in an era of 30-second sound bites and...

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