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"Constitutional decay" in the US Senate

"Constitutional decay" in the US Senate

Update: 2020-01-184


This week, Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the third presidential impeachment trial in US history. What happens next? What’s Mitch McConnell’s game plan? And who the hell is Lev Parnas? Andrew Prokop breaks it all down. 

Then, a Senate impeachment trial is one of the rarest and least understood events in American politics. Constitutional expert Jeffrey Tulis explains how the trial works, what the founders envisioned when they designed it, and why things should look very, very different from the Senate per usual. 

And, at the end, the new evidence released by Lev Parnas was damning, but, then again, all of the evidence so far has been incredibly damning. The problem we face in this impeachment trial is not that we lack damning testimony, it’s that we lack Republican senators who are willing to put country over party.


Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior politics correspondent, Vox 

Jeffrey Tulis, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

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Comments (4)

Jack Jennaway

Why is it that everyone acknowledges that the reason R senators won't convict is because of public opinion, and we talk about how and why the founders designed impeachment, but no one mentions that the founders didn't mean for the Senate to be an elected body? Isn't a possible dimension of all this that the popular election of senators is incompatible with impeachment as it was originally conceived?

Jan 20th
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Darcie Harris

Who pays for Trump's impeachment defense team, the taxpayers or Trump?

Jan 19th
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"Constitutional decay" in the US Senate

"Constitutional decay" in the US Senate