The fact that there is an impeachment process at all – and the debate over whether the president is so corrupt that he should be removed between elections – is in itself a kind of national tragedy. There is a reason why Gerald Ford called the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974, before he was formally impeached, a "long national nightmare."
The next few months will mark America for years to come. As the impersonators of Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson did before it, this process will reflect and intensify the ideological civil war that breaks national unity and threatens the nation's impetus.
Democratic leaders who have long resisted the demands of their party's liberal activists. to impeach Trump, they take a significant risk by embarking on this momentous constitutional path. Given the explosive revelations about Trump's behavior in Ukraine, they may have had little political choice.
In all likelihood, Republican senators will not vote for condemned and ousted Trump, opening up the possibility of political reaction, it's just not clear yet whether the Democrats or the GOP will turn out worse. Perhaps Trump views a possible escape from distrust as validating his unrestricted behavior and a license to continue testing constitutional customs.
The Trump case
"I have always considered the strongest argument for impeachment the strongest argument against it, which is, if you do not impeach a president who is committed to this kind, what does that say to the next president about what they can do and the next Congress? "Home Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in an interview on National Public Radio on Tuesday.
" At the same time, if you make an impeachment, but the president is justified, what does that say to the next president? The next congress? There's no good or simple answer ", he said.
Nevertheless, for the bitterness and insecurity it hinders, the impeachment process is also a confirmation and test of the democratic codes of self-government originally established in Philadelphia nearly two and a half centuries ago.
He will make the most significant decision so far for a lecherous presidency, which has already skipped past an existential scandal in Russia's election fraud scheme.
A Democratic accusation that could see Trump ashamed of being just the third most impressed president in history could hardly be more serious. He is effectively accused of committing a crime against the nation itself and the political system that safeguards its freedoms.
In particular, Democrats have accused Trump of conspiring with foreign powers to influence the US election, a crime that, according to many observers, meets the inevitable standard of "Treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdeeds."
to include crimes for campaign financing, the erosion of his presidential oath to uphold the law and the Constitution, and the alleged obstruction of witnesses and evidence. More symbolically, this would reinforce the fears of America's founders of one of the great threats to their democratic experiment.
"History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most repugnant enemies of the Republican government," wrote the first President George Washington in his farewell address.