As for the idea that Trump would have otherwise been removed by the Republican-dominated Senate ...
Now whatever you fill in the blank with ... the last word would be ABSURD!!!!!

I guarantee if Mr Trump strolled onto the Senate floor with a nice beaming halo and started shooting Democrats, no Republican would stop him and all of them would say that it was not an impeachable offense.

And that is the state of play in America today.

ignorance is the enemy
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