Saturday, January 23, 2021
Keith E. Whittington, Wall Street Journal: One of the first questions the Senate will face in Donald Trump's impeachment trial is whether the chamber has jurisdiction to hear a case against a former official. The correct answer is yes. For the Founders, it would have been obvious that the "power to impeach" included the ability to hold former officials to account.
The Senate shouldn't depart from centuries of practice and understanding. Declining to try Mr. Trump would set a dangerous new precedent, denying future presidents and other officials the opportunity to clear their names if they leave office, and allowing them to escape accountability by resigning--or saving their worst acts for the end of their term.
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