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GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said DonaldTrump was responsible for what happened Jan. 6, but voted to acquit the former president.

One vote both squandered and sullied the ultimate congressional check on a president

Marcuss is a retired partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and on the steering committee of Lawyers Defending American Democracy.

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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen could be the kind of explosive witness able to sway votes, writes Solomon.

Why witnesses at Trump's trial would be good for the system — and the drama

Solomon is the senior digital strategist at Next Level Studios, a legal marketing firm, and an adjunct management professor at McGill University in Montreal.

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Donald and Melania Trump board Air Force One for the final time on Wednesday.

The democracy Trump leaves behind: His 7 most serious tests of the system

As Donald Trump's brazenly chaotic and exhausting presidency comes to an end, he leaves behind this fundamental question:

Did his relentless attacks on our democracy make its festering problems even more malignant than he found them? Or did his unstoppable assault on civic institutions and governing norms succeed in highlighting the system's fragility while also tempering its resilience?

The nation's collective behavior in the years ahead will determine whether American democracy's metaphorical glass has been irreparably emptied or has a sufficient reservoir for survival. For now, the 45th president's infuriated yielding of power on Wednesday allows for a quick countdown of seven ways he rattled the republic the most. Such inventories are a necessary first step for those dedicated to fixing the system — so the next four years under Joe Biden don't come close to replicating the stress and anxiety of the Trump era.

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If you're a Trump crony, like Roger Stone, crimes are not really crimes, writes Marcuss.

Abused pardon power: One of the bigger problems Trump's leaving behind

Marcuss, a retired partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and a former senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, is on the steering committee of Lawyers Defending American Democracy.
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