I'd put less weight on the "evidence" (as a Senate impeachment trial is not conducted according to the Federal Rules of Evidence) than on the public presentation of that evidence. The Lovely Wife watched the Frontline documentary on Trump's "American Carnage" last night, and assured me playing that one-hour alone in the Senate would be enough to convict Trump. Again, not "evidence," but it would certainly persuade a majority of the American public that a criminal trial against a former POTUS would not, in this case, be either an outrage or a "Constitutional crisis" (still not sure just what that is). And that could be very important in persuading the D.C. U.S. Attorney to bring conspiracy charges against Trump (I'm not a criminal lawyer nor a former prosecutor, but that seems to me the best course to investigate. I'm just spit-ballin', in other words.).
Do not discount the value of an impeachment trial to establish a record that can be used as a resource to prosecute a former president who obtains no double jeopardy protection from having been subject to impeachment. We will shortly learn how strong that evidence may be. https://t.co/domLPZTEG6— ALBERT T GOINS (@ALBERTTGOINS1) January 26, 2021
It seems that, since 2016, the value of Trump's New York City properties has dropped by 50%. No small part of that plummet came after January 6. And this is not limited to NYC:
'Radioactive' Trump properties plummet in price as New Yorkers reject his brand: reporthttps://t.co/4b4gQQitWH— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 27, 2021
If people are already forgetting what a traitor (in the popular, not the legal Constitutional, sense) Trump is, an impeachment trial with lurid testimony could remind them. Then there's the question of injuries to police officers in the riot:
NEW: After the presidency, the Trump hotel in Washington is a limited draw. (with better link) https://t.co/FsLiACSeoF— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 28, 2021
DC police union reveals officers suffered 'brain injuries' in riot: 'One officer is going to lose his eye' https://t.co/fChSWJIExY— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 27, 2021
"We have one officer who lost his life as a direct result of the insurrection," Papathanasiou noted. "Another officer had tragically taken his own life. Between USCP and our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Department, we have almost 140 officers injured.""I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained brain injuries," he continued. "One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs. One officer is going to lose his eye, and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake."
I don't want to trade on their pain and suffering, but let's remind the American public what happened while Trump was gleefully watching TeeVee and tweeting about what a "coward" Mike Pence was (as crowds stormed the building shouting "Hang Pence! Hang Pence!" PBS played the video of that last night; the House prosecutors will have no trouble presenting it, along with reports of Trump watching with delight as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite.). And, of course, let the GOP Senators say "Nothing to see here, and nothing we can do about it!"
'Stabbed with a metal fence stake': Here are 7 horrifying truths about the Capitol attack we're just now learninghttps://t.co/K5bBdax9Pt— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 28, 2021
Did McCarthy convey that message to Trump?
New - McCarthy privately urges House Republicans to stop attacking each other. “Cut that crap out," he told his colleagues today. On NRCC call, more than $2 million was pledged, including $175K from Marjorie Taylor Greene, per multiple sources. https://t.co/gFiOePf8Oc— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 27, 2021
Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and about that GOP=Trump voters issue:
Trump told Kevin McCarthy that he bore some of the blame for the Capitol riot: Fox Newshttps://t.co/XXfeNuGTR0— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 27, 2021
David Perdue, to remind you, lost. In a runoff. In Georgia.
This is becoming a self reinforcing dynamic: as Trump has driven away more of the white collar previously Republican leaning suburban voters, what’s left in the party coalition is more Trumpy. Almost all R’s are now dependent on strong turnout from his base. No escape. Ask Perdue https://t.co/y1ojoqNYUC— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) January 27, 2021