House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the impeachment of Donald Trump, US Capitol, December 18, 2019 (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)
UPDATE, DEC 20:
Two more radio interviews on Thursday, with BBC Three Counties’ Roberto Perrone and with talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes:
We’re gatting a self-reinforcing narrative. Trump and his supporters say, “This process is going to help get me re-elected.”
The media says, “Hey, this process might help get Trump re-elected.”
UPDATE, 2015 GMT:
I spoke this afternoon with Jeremy Vine of BBC Radio 2 about the risk of politics overtaking the legal and constitutional importance of the impeachment process, cautioning the media over its repetition of Donald Trump’s lines.
This is not something that other Presidents have done, and it shouldn’t be normalized.
ORIGINAL ENTRY: In a series of radio interviews on Thursday, I reviewed the impeachment of Donald Trump, explained why this is vital for the future of the American system, and looked forward to the Senate trial in January.
Listen to Monocle 24 from 3:18
The Founding Fathers said we do not want a monarch, we do not want an absolute ruler, we want a system of checks and balances.
Donald Trump doesn’t believe in checks and balances. Donald Trump believes he is in fact the monarch.
Answering the question I have repeatedly faced this week, “Isn’t this all just a waste of time?”
We’re not just talking about claimed abuses of power.
Donald Trump is facing criminal prosecution in a series of cases over his business affairs, his tax affairs, and claims that he profited from the Presidency.
Robert Mueller said in May that the day Donald Trump is no longer President, he can be prosecuted and he can be indicted.