To the Editor:
Re “As Impeachment Trial Looms, G.O.P. Rift Is on Display” (news article, Jan. 25):
Once again it appears that Republicans are willing to shoot themselves in the foot as they slink away from their duty to convict Donald Trump when the trial begins in two weeks. Keep in mind, this was no ordinary crime. Donald Trump didn’t lie about sex in the Oval Office; he didn’t pay thugs to get information on his opponent and lie about it.
No, what this man is being charged with is “incitement of insurrection.” There can be no more heinous crime committed by a commander in chief.
Yet Republicans still hide in corners, afraid to do their duty. While privately many will admit that the seditious crimes committed by Mr. Trump are worthy of impeachment, in public they cower, pathetically terrified of his followers, afraid of their own shadows. Their one concern is power. Power for power’s sake.
So, go for it you “lovers of freedom.” By your cowardly acts, you will further divide the Republican Party. By not banishing him into the Hall of Shame, you will tear yourselves apart by the next election.
Blue Lake, Calif.
To the Editor:
Once again, my beloved Democratic Party is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Instead of focusing on the important issues, like Covid and the economy, it chose to allow Donald Trump the chance to again gain the spotlight. For him, all publicity, good or bad, is good. He should have been able to slink away into an ignominious night, and the country could have had the great pleasure of no longer hearing his name in every newscast and publication.
The Democrats should have chosen to censure him in a bipartisan vote. Then he would have left his term in shame and President Biden would have had a less divided Congress to work with him on his appointments and proposals. Instead Mr. Trump will probably be acquitted by the Senate, and will claim a great victory, which could relaunch his political career, or at least further endear him to his base. What were the Democrats thinking?
Lake Frederick, Va.
To the Editor:
Re “A Call for the Return to Civility, and Truth as a Guiding Light,” by David E. Sanger (news analysis, front page, Jan. 21):
President Biden’s welcome call for civility, healing and unity does not negate holding Donald Trump and Republican lawbreakers accountable. In order to heal — from terror inflicted on Americans witnessing the insurrection and trauma of lawmakers directly threatened — inciters, colluders, abettors and domestic terrorists must be prosecuted for their actions.
The Trump Impeachment ›
From Riot to Impeachment
The riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed a rally at which President Trump made an inflammatory speech to his supporters, questioning the results of the election. Here’s a look at what happened and at the ongoing fallout:
- As this video shows, poor planning and a restive crowd encouraged by Mr. Trump set the stage for the riot.
- A two hour period was crucial to turning the rally into the riot.
- Several Trump administration officials, including cabinet members Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao, announced that they were stepping down as a result of the riot.
- Federal prosecutors have charged more than 70 people, including some who appeared in viral photos and videos of the riot. Officials expect to eventually charge hundreds of others.
- The House voted to impeach the president on charges of “inciting an insurrection” that led to the rampage by his supporters.
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