The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins today.
Over the next week, we will surely see horrific images from January 6th and hear accountings of what happened - the rally that urged it, the breaches of the Capitol, the beatings and violence against police, and the terror that ensued across the complex. We will again witness what was a literal and foundational attack on our institutions and our Republic.
And for consideration in this trial is whether one man, former President Trump, incited it. Those are the charges we, the U.S. House of Representatives, put forth in our vote to impeach, and now the Senate has the solemn responsibility of determining his guilt and whether he should be accountable for what occurred.
In pushing dangerous conspiracies to undermine the public’s faith in our elections, in urging people to “stop the steal,” and in telling rally goers on the morning of January 6th to “fight like hell or you’re not going to have a country anymore”, the President incited the violence we witnessed at the Capitol.
As our country relives the horror of January 6th and all the emotion that comes with it, I encourage you to read the trial brief. It is an important document explaining the history of that day, a history no American should ever forget.
I am grateful our institutions held that day, and I hope we all take stock of how fragile our democracy is and in doing so, reaffirm our common commitment to nurturing it with fidelity to truth and the Constitution.