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"You're listening to editors pace. I'm Zanny Minton beddoes editor in chief of the The economist each week. We choose three articles to give you a taste of the latest news and analysis from our pages. They're read aloud so you can listen on the go. Wherever you are over to one of my colleagues to introduce this week stories thanks Johnny. It's the twenty seventh of September two thousand nineteen. I'm Josie crazy. DELAP INTERNATIONAL EDITOR OF THE ECONOMIST COMING UP A cover package. This week looks at the reckoning facing Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in in Britain we lead with the Supreme Court ruling that the recent suspension of parliament was unlawful. You can hear more on this and the options now facing Britain in the intelligence our daily current affairs podcast in the rest of the world. We examined the promise and perils of impeachment the decision by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to begin hearings into Mr Trump's conduct will not necessarily lead to impeachment but one thing seems certain it and it will further divided country that is already set against itself next. China's repression of Islam is spreading millions ends more Muslims are being targeted by the Communist Party and finally proof has emerged that a quantum computer can outperform classical one these suggest to sample of the stories in this week's paper with a subscription you can read or listen to all of what we do so please subscribe. GOTO ECONOMISTS DOT com slash radio radio offer to get your first twelve issues for twelve dollars or twelve pounds. I up the promise and the perils of impeachment. America almost didn't have the president. The men who arrived at the constitutional convention in seventeen eighty seven brought with them. I'm a horror of monarchy absent. A figure of George Washington stature the country might have adopted a parliamentary system of government yet. He's having created the office. The founders had to devise a way to remove presidents who abuse their positions. Not all people are Washington's. They defined the mechanism an impeachment vote in the house followed by a trial in the Senate the question of what exactly the president should be impeached for treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors was deliberately left to Congress hence though impeachment is a constitutional national provisions. It is also a political campaign. That campaign began in earnest this week when Nancy Pelosi directed her democratic colleagues in the house else to begin impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump. This will not necessarily lead to impeachment in the past though impeachment impeachment hearings have generated a momentum of their own the processes fraught with risks on both sides. One thing seems certain the process this will further divide a country. It is already set against itself. Miss Pelosi has taken such a momentous step because she believes the president's behavior towards Ukraine's government cross the line. If that seems an obscure reason to contemplate unseating president remember that impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon had their origins in an office burglary and the ones against Bill Clinton began with an affair with an intern. Mr Trump appears to let Ukraine's government know that relations with America including the supply of aid depended on its pursuing an investigation into the family of a political tickle rival that would be more serious than a break in or a fling it would mean that the president had subverted the national interest to pursue you political vendetta. The federal government often gives foreign powers promises of aid in exchange for doing something that America wants them to do. Ukraine case is different. America has an interest in ensuring that Ukraine is able to defend itself against Russian aggression which is why Congress Chris came up with a package of three hundred ninety one million dollars in military aid for its newly elected government. Mr Trump acted against the national interest in in putting that aid on hold while pressing Vladimir's Alinsky Ukraine's president to investigate Hunter Biden who had business dealings in Ukraine and is the son of the Democratic Front runner Joe Biden. If that were not clear enough Mr Trump also sent his personal lawyer to meet an advisor adviser to Mr Zilenski and repeat the message in a country is corrupt and vulnerable as Ukraine the link between American support what and investigating the Biden's you give a start on Joe and we'll give you weapons and money did not need to be explicit to be understood. I also want to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and we'll work on the investigation. Mr Lansky told Mr Trump in a call on July I twenty fifth you might have the Muller investigation into his campaigns. DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA WOULD HAVE MADE MR trump wary of dallying with foreign governments. It seems not is conduct looks a lot like bribery or extortion unto US taxpayer funds and the might the American state to pursue political enemy would count as an abuse of power. The founders wanted impeachment to be a practical option. It's not just a theoretical one otherwise the president would be above the law a monarch sitting on a throne for four or eight years declining to impeach speech. Mr Trump would set a precedent for future presidents anything up to and including. What's the forty fifth president has done to date would be fair game mm? Republican partisans should consider to what deaths a future Democratic president thus emboldened could stoop it would also signal all to America's allies and foes that snooping on Americans who are influential law might become so was a foreign way to curry favor with the president there would be no need for the dirt even to be true Russia and China. Are you listening such the risks of docking impeachment yet the risks on the other side of of pressing forward a great to voters expect impeachment to be a last resort. I'll trick by one party to remove a president from the other aw or a means for the losers of an election to frustrate its result. House Democrats Risk Looking self-indulgent as rather than getting seeing on with fixing infrastructure or healthcare they obsess over the MINUTIAE of internal White House communications the hearings may spin out control and make democratic politicians seem ineffectual and obsessive as the stonewalling testimony of a former Trumpet Corey Lewin Douse Ki Did last tweak the hearings may also be too confusing and rankers for the public to follow even if the House did decide to impeach Mr trump it it is highly unlikely that he would be found guilty by the two thirds majority needed in the Senate where Republicans hold fifty three of one hundred seats legally Mr Biden Juniors sleazy dealings in Ukraine have no bearing on whether Mr Trump abused his office politically though the two are linked because they give Republican senators minded to defend Mr trump a handy set of talking points a failed impeachment mint leaves Mr Trump in office. Why not be much of a deterrent to this president or to a future one in fact it might even help Mr Trump who could argue that he had been found found innocent after a partisan witch hunt by loser Democrats until this week that was the Calculus Miss Pelosi and House Democrats from competitive tip districts. It is not clear that public opinion has yet shifted enough to change the equation though it may be bravado. Mr Trump's campaign team team has always insisted that the more Democrats talk about impeachment the better it is for the president's chances of reelection in twenty twenty faced with such a daunting choice must Pelosi had until now held back but Mr trump appears to be becoming more brazenness re election draws near the president's behavior needs investigating with the extra authority that the impeachment process confers better therefore to lean towards principal than pragmatism but it is a risky and perilous path the the light bulb the whatever you call it that one moment is sometimes all it takes to begin something great. That's the focus of that made all the difference a new podcast cast from Bank of America join me a leash burke as I talked to achievers from filmmakers to entrepreneurs about the defining moments that inspired them to make an impact and their stories might just inspire you to what would you like the power to do. 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