/ 10 February 2021

Short trial’s a good trial

Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate is off and running. In the red corner: Team Trump and most Republicans. They argue the trial should not be held at all because he’s now just plain old Don from Florida (aka a private citizen). And they say he didn’t incite the violence that followed an address to a rally of supporters on 6 January. In the blue corner: Democrats who say he should be punished for inciting insurrection by encouraging supporters to storm the Capitol, leading to the deaths of 5 people. The process is set to take a little more than a week, and no witnesses are slated to give evidence. Game on, but spoiler alert: Trump is likely to be acquitted… Come what may, it’s a good thing Trump’s legal team is getting some practice in – they’ll be required for Georgia’s inquiry into his efforts to overturn the election result in the state.

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