Why the impeachment inquiry matters



November 15, 2019 - 4:03 PM

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives started the public phase of the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. That marks Nov. 13 as a somber day — the fourth time in our history that the House of Representatives has taken this step toward indicting and possibly removing a president.

Against the backdrop of two years of a presidency that has been marked with scandal and spectacle, it would be tempting to categorize these hearings as more of the same. The multiple stories labeled with the word “unprecedented” that break on an almost a daily basis have the effect of equalizing the serious and the ridiculous to the point where it’s hard to know what actually matters.

These hearings matter.

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