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Other Views: Im­peach­ment will not heal the na­tion

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Thomas Reese, Re­li­gion News Ser­vice: Im­peach­ment may be legally ap­pro­pri­ate, but it will not heal the na­tion. De­spite his be­ing im­peached the first time, 74 mil­lion peo­ple still voted for Trump. Will a sec­ond im­peach­ment con­vince any of them? Bet­ter to leave him to fed­eral and state pros­e­cu­tors. The best pun­ish­ment for Trump would be shun­ning, a prac­tice in some re­li­gious and tribal so­ci­eties where you treat the shunned as if they were dead. You do not talk to them or about them. They do not ex­ist. Shun­ning — or its Catholic coun­ter­part, ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion — is the re­li­gious equiv­a­lent of am­pu­ta­tion. It is an ex­treme mea­sure to pro­tect the com­mu­nity from in­fec­tion.

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., The New York Times: There is in­ad­e­quate time to rea­son­ably in­ves­ti­gate, present and de­bate ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment. Rush­ing through the sub­stan­tive and pro­ce­dural re­quire­ments for such a mon­u­men­tal ac­tion will di­rectly di­min­ish the va­lid­ity of im­peach­ment. We can­not rush to judg­ment sim­ply be­cause we want ret­ri­bu­tion or ... a par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal out­come. A too-quick im­peach­ment will not sud­denly change the minds of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who still do not rec­og­nize the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent-elect Bi­den as le­git­i­mate. In fact, rushed pro­ceed­ings will be seen as val­i­dat­ing the view that im­peach­ment is part of a multi-year cam­paign to dele­git­imize Mr. Trump’s 2016 elec­tion.

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