The pictures from the congress today give a telling picture of four chaotic years with Donald Trump in power.

The National Guard's troops line the streets and inside the mighty buildings, armed personnel patrol to protect the nation's elected officials.

And those who determined Trump's political legacy were themselves both witnesses and victims of the attack on American democracy.

Ten Republicans voted against their party comrade

The accusations against the 45th president of the United States were unreal in themselves.

Several members accused him of organizing the attack on his own government by inciting his supporters to riot.

The debate in the House of Representatives became both emotional and fierce.

232 members voted in favor of the Supreme Court (four abstained).

The ten Republicans who chose to bring their party comrade to court told of a loss of confidence.

At the same time, it is a distancing that occurs when the danger of costly punishments from Trump is limited.

Several Republicans also chose to harshly criticize Donald Trump, but not to vote to bring him to justice.

A political calculation

Facing Trump with another Supreme Court indictment still involves a political risk.

Donald Trump has dedicated voters, equipped with great patience, and Trump can now be perceived by many as a political victim chased by the establishment.

But for the Republicans who voted for the Supreme Court, it was a consideration between the risk of being exposed to the anger of an outgoing president and the party's future.

And Trump has not been this bad before - a year ago, none of the party comrades in the House of Representatives voted against him.

And what happened in Congress today gives a picture of what awaits the Senate.

The party is not fully behind its outgoing president, but the risk of being overthrown is still small.

The Supreme Court indictment is postponed?

At the same time as the vote was completed in the House of Representatives, there were also signals from the outgoing majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, that there are no plans to summon the Senate quickly to try the prosecution immediately.

Everything speaks for itself that the Supreme Court negotiations will be carried out long after the Trump family has left the White House.

Admittedly, it gives incoming President Biden the opportunity to push through the most prioritized reforms more effectively.

But it is challenging to bring a president before the Supreme Court, after his resignation, when the incoming administration claims that the main goal is to unite the nation.

The United States' challenges are great, something we are reminded of as the country currently has more soldiers in Washington than in war-torn Afghanistan.

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