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To elaborate on scenarios involving a post-election Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Congress could today hold hearings to "investigate impeachable offenses", without necessarily committing to carrying through with impeachment and Senate prosecution. Establishing that the offenses are impeachable, while declining to go further (on grounds of the impending end of the administration) would seem to defend the principle well enough.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission could then be positioned as a soft compromise, well within the Overton window opened by the serious prospect of prosecution.

Keep in mind that a failed impeachment or prosecution could be spun as exoneration, even if the reasons for failure were procedural, legalistic, or simply a consequence of running out the clock.

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by technopolitical on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:50:33 PM EST
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