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The circus trial of Donald J Trump

Impeachment has never finished off a president. A shambolic process that doesn't kill Trump might simply make him stronger

By Sam Tanenhaus   Winter Special

The impeachment threat to Donald Trump could possibly strengthen the president. Photo: Getty/Shutterstock/Prospect composite

Impeachment, the procedure whereby Congress brings what are in effect criminal charges against the president for abuse of office and breach of constitutional law, is the most radical feature of America’s constitutional system and so seems custom-fitted for the most radical of American presidents. The case against Donald Trump seems clear: he abused the power of his office and violated US election law and the Constitution by pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to assist in…

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