Hugh Hewitt: Against Fast-Track Impeachment

A fast-track impeachment of President Trump would not be justice. It would be pointless revenge, a very anti-American sentiment in action.

The so-called “Roman revolution” began around 60 B.C. and continued for 75 years, by the count of British historian Sir Ronald Syme—whose work remains the go-to source on how republics—including the greatest one until ours, Rome—collapsed. Republics do so when opposing parties within them continually raise the stakes, the rhetoric, then the violence, and finally the arsenal of political weaponry.

President Trump did a deeply reckless thing when he spoke before his supporters as they assembled.

But I do not believe there is conclusive evidence that Trump intended the storming of the Capitol, or any sort of sedition.

An impeachment now would leave no time for the president to present evidence of his contrary intent or any mitigating factors.

What ought to drive discussions at this moment is what’s best for the country—now and hereafter.

Passions are running high—which is why this is exactly the moment to allow them to cool.