Impeachment is NOT “horse trading” – in most cases, it involves removing the elected President of the United States from office and provokes a constitutional crisis.
A better long-term approach after Trump’s impeachment is resolved would be to petition Congress to implement The Pledge to Safeguard the Constitution [https://alcris2.medium.com/following-is-a-summary-of-6be4d81a3ddc?sk=bf21c2a6b26ea78cf6761ede5d12a96c] which restricts presidential power in very targeted but critical areas which pose a threat to our democratic institutions so that we do not descend into a cycle whereby impeachment becomes a routine tool of each political party against the other.
While Donald Trump must be held to justice, impeachment should be done for national security reasons more so than for “retribution.”
Everything that happened leading up to January 6 was predicted in an October article titled The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4] in which I summarized the findings of the Transition Integrity Project, a group that included former Congressmen, United States Senators, previous cabinet members, White House Chiefs of Staffs, Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and state governors whose “war games” predicted almost exactly what is happening. I have also been updating the article to take into account events since January 6 with ideas regarding some solutions to the multiple crises we face, including limiting presidential emergency powers, Trump’s second impeachment and the problem of domestic terrorism.