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The stakes in Ukraine

In the impeachment inquiry, while there is a clear one-sentence summary of what Trump did—he hijacked American foreign policy to attempt to extort an investigation of a political rival from a desperate American ally—there is no good and simple explanation of the harm he stood to inflict on American national interests.

It’s in understanding the gravity of the harm that Americans can begin to answer the question, “Why now?” Even if Trump did do something wrong, why impeach him

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