Republicans have said Trump’s impeachment trial is a ‘sham.’ And they made it that way before it even began

Republicans have repeatedly decried President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as a partisan “sham,” depicting it as a nakedly political process orchestrated by Democratic leaders who are still upset over the results of the 2016 election.

The GOP is right: Trump’s impeachment trial has been a proceeding fundamentally driven by partisanship rather than the impartial standards expected of trials. But they’re wrong about who made it that way.

Republicans ensured that Trump’s trial would be a sham before it even began, and as jurors they set up a trial that would block new witnesses and end rapidly with a predetermined verdict.

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