Impeachment process fails to pack a punch with the people

Despite the theatrical flourishes, there is little sign that the US is transfixed by this event in the way it was with the Clinton impeachment trial or the Watergate hearings

26th January, 2020
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Republican senator Lindsey Graham takes questions from the press in the Senate subway during a recess in the Senate impeachment trial of president Donald Trump Picture: Getty

“Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye!” It’s at moments like this, the beginning of its third impeachment trial in 245 years, that you suspect the US secretly craves a monarchy. Its divorce from Britain is long complete, but it remains stubbornly wedded to Britain’s archaic traditions. And nowhere is this hankering more in evidence than on the floor of the US Senate.

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