The violence at the US Capitol on January 6 was horrific and inexcusable.
Trump may have gone too far in contesting the election, but the claim that his speech at the Ellipse on January 6 "incited" the Capitol riot is both tenuous and risky, as the former president's lawyers argued persuasively during the impeachment trial.
While a majority of the Senate, 57 of the 100 members, voted for conviction, it fell short of the two-thirds majority required. That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol.
To those watching around the world, and convinced the charge had merit - which is certainly not all of us, though the groundswell of opinion in New Zealand seems to have trended this way - that might, at first glance, seem like a case of a healthy proportion of the 50 Republicans in the Senate putting their personal career prospects before an important point of principle. A mother of five, Plaskett sheltered in her office during the siege on the Capitol.
The letter also was signed by GOP Representatives Devin Nunes of California, Rodney Davis of IL and James Comer of Kentucky, who last month introduced the bill to establish a 10-member panel of experts outside of government selected by the House and Senate leadership of both parties. The majority of the 43 Republican Senators who voted to acquit Trump, cited the same reason as McConnell, including Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.
The Central Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party censured Sen.
In fact, if we're going to talk numbers, the seven Republicans who voted to convict made it, as the Dallas Morning News reported, "the most bipartisan vote for conviction in any of the four presidential trials in USA history".
He even promised to go with his supporters, though he ultimately did not. "He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country".
What criminal investigations does Trump face so far?
"Did Nancy Pelosi know on January 5th that there was a threat to the Capitol?"
So is Donald Trump going to go down? Amid harsh critiques from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a growing number of investigations into Trump's role in sowing discord following his electoral defeat, the former president remains popular with his a vocal segment of the Republican Party, which party officials will need if they want to reclaim the House or Senate in the upcoming midterms.
In all likelihood, it's far too early to know the answer to this.
An independent commission along the lines of the one that investigated the September 11 attacks would probably require legislation to create.
The Trump Organisation has denied in court filings that the company falsified property values, and has rejected other allegations made by Vance and James, both Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, September 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol.
"An investigation should establish a single narrative and set of facts to identify how the Capitol was left vulnerable, as well as corrective actions to make the institution safe again", wrote Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana.