In the weeks since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, witnesses testified in private and public hearings as lawmakers moved quickly to gather facts. The House Intelligence Committee released a report summarizing their findings, which included a number of bombshell revelations, and the House Judiciary Committee held hearings building on the work in the report. These activities culminated when Democratic leaders unveiled two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—against President Trump on December 10.
On December 17, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a forum discussing what has happened so far in the impeachment process and what is expected to follow. After the discussion, the speakers answered questions from the audience.
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On the subdued role of Chief Justice John Roberts during the Senate impeachment trial: “He was at best the Senate’s crossing guard — or perhaps the traffic cop when he admonished the parties to stay civil.”