The rules of engagement

Aaron Blake explains Tuesday’s Senate debate on the rules for Trump’s impeachment trial. Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig on their new book “A Very Stable Genius.” And Rosalind Helderman answers your questions on impeachment.
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Senators debate the rules governing Trump’s historic trial
On Tuesday, the Senate began debating the rules of President Trump’s impeachment trial. Aaron Blake, national political reporter for The Fix, explains why all eyes are on the moderate Republicans in the Senate.

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‘A presidency of one’ 
During Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016, five words would foreshadow his eventual presidency: “I alone can fix it.” 

“That was really a moment that epitomized what this presidency would become,” says White House bureau chief Philip Rucker. “It was a presidency based on solipsism, on ego, on his vainglorious pursuit of power.” 

Rucker and investigative reporter Carol Leonnig have published a book, “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America,” that takes an in-depth look at the president’s first three years in office. 

“Phil and I have been covering the Trump presidency for three years in all its dizzying array,” Leonnig says. “There was a crisis every day and a big news headline every hour. And we felt like it was important to step back and say, ‘What do we make of this?’”

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Your impeachment questions answered 
Last week, Post Reports asked for listeners to record themselves asking their impeachment-related questions. Investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman answers the first one, from a listener in Vancouver, B.C.

Have a question about impeachment? Record yourself on your phone and email us at postreports@washpost.com

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