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Opinion: The House could have made a much stronger case for impeaching Trump

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Steven A. Holmes writes that those seeking to impeach President Donald Trump are focusing on the wrong charge. The House should add an article charging Trump with dereliction of his oath of office for his dithering response once the rioting at the Capitol had begun.

As we speak, an article of impeachment has been voted on to charge Trump with inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, threatening the lives of lawmakers and even his vice president.

The House should've added an article charging Trump with dereliction of his oath of office for his dithering response once the rioting at the Capitol had begun.

A far wiser strategy is to add on an article of impeachment that charges Trump with dereliction of duty and failure to uphold his oath of office for his conduct once the attack on the Capitol had commenced.

According to a chilling article in the Washington Post, Trump sat on his hands, watching the invasion of the Capitol on TV, ignoring pleas from current and former staff as well as from frightened Republican lawmakers hiding from the rampaging mob that he do something to call off his supporters and that he immediately order the deployment of the National Guard to expel the insurrectionists from the halls of Congress.

The Post, citing officials, reported that "several Republican members of Congress also called White House aides begging them to get Trump's attention and have him call for the violence to end.

It took Trump 30 minutes after the Capitol was first breached, according to the Post, for him, at the urging of key staff, to issue a mealy-mouth tweet.

According to the Post, Trump had not even wanted to add the plea to "stay peaceful" to his tweet.

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