In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear

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    In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear......One journalist remarked to me, “How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?”

    Not guilty. Not guilty.In the United States Senate, like in many spheres of life, fear does the business.Think back to the fall of 2002, just a few weeks before that year’s crucial midterm elections, when the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq was up for a vote. A year after the 9/11 attacks, hundreds of members of the House and the Senate were about to face the voters of a country still traumatized by terrorism.Senator Patty Murray, a thoughtful Democrat from Washington State, still remembers “the fear that dominated the Senate leading up to the Iraq war.”

    “You could feel it then,” she told me, “and you can feel that fear now” — chiefly among Senate Republicans.

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