“Impeachment” Between Fence, Barbed Wire And Army

2021-02-10   |   by CusiGO

Since the attack on the Capitol on January 6 last year, any authorized person, including the press, has had to make a detour to the US Congress. The huge security lines built by fences, barbed wire and National Guard soldiers remind us that the so-called cottages, where laws are made, walks and photos are taken by the lake, are far away from the village. No one knows how long these special security measures will last, but they will certainly continue as long as there is a political trial of former president Donald Trump. There is no more hostile and accurate reminder than these events, which led the United States to begin its fourth impeachment in history on Tuesday, a violent and unusual attack on the temple they so revered.

Because the Capitol building is now a court, but it’s also a crime scene, just like the 100 senators in the house of Representatives as jurors, although they are also witnesses and victims of this siege. It was an extraordinary trial, and even the president was not in his office, but took refuge in a mansion in Florida.

Downtown Washington will read history one day – another day – but it looks like an abandoned set. During the riots during the anti racist protests last summer and the extremist attacks on the Capitol, the capital has become a fortress, with tents and military vehicles fully integrated into the landscape. At the same time, trump has gone from omnipresence of media to total disappearance, which leads to a sense of emptiness.

Outside the walls of the trial site, Democrats began the meeting with a stunning 13 minute video that combined Trump’s angry message with the most violent scenes in the Capitol. “If you are weak, you will never come back to our country. “You have to show your strength,” the president called in his speech. “Let’s fight for trump,” “no peace without trump,” the attackers cried. Suddenly, someone screamed. The Republican faces “sedition” charges because he made a long speech that morning before the fanatical mob opposed Congress, but is unlikely to be convicted.

In fact, impulse is not like that. In the history of the United States, this procedure has never been used for the purpose designed by the father of the constitution to condemn or expel the president.

Richard Nixon seems to have done so. When the Watergate trial was in the pre-trial stage in the house of Representatives, he resigned and was about to vote formally on the indictment and take it to the Senate. In 1868, Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, saved the system by one vote. They tried him because, at a tense moment, just after the end of the civil war, he fired a cabinet member without the necessary authority from the house of Lords. In 1998, Bill Clinton was acquitted after his lies in the Lewinsky case were exposed. Trump himself passed the process a year ago as he pressed Ukraine for a dirty deal with Joe Biden.

All of these processes are negation and purification, sometimes group therapy, most of the time purification. Johnson described the conflict between the executive and the legislature, and Clinton talked about the president’s boundaries between the public and private spheres, as well as his moral role. If this happens today, the abuse of power by the world’s most powerful politician over a 21-year-old female scholar may be more noticeable. In Trump’s trial a year ago, Americans had extremely detailed ties to the president and his gang (led by lawyer Rudy Giuliani) with foreign governments, although the Republican unity around their leaders did not call their acquittal into question.

With this push, Democrats hope not to forget Trump’s role in the events of January 6, which will always be recorded as a reason for trial, and Republicans will once again have to face the Washington incident full of military, fence and barbed wire.