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Whitehouse, Cicilline to discuss Trump trial

The senator and congressman will take part in an online event Feb. 23 sponsored by Roger Williams’ law school

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island walked into the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington last week.
US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island walked into the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington last week.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

BRISTOL, R.I. — US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and US Representative David N. Cicilline will discuss the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump during a Feb. 23 online event hosted by the Roger Williams University School of Law.

Cicilline, a Democrat, served as one of the House impeachment managers, and Whitehouse, a Democrat, voted to convict Trump, who was acquitted of the charge of inciting insurrection.

Also taking part in the discussion will be Michael J. Gerhardt, special counsel to the impeachment trial’s presiding officer, US Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat. Gerhardt is author of “Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know,” and a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill.

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Law school dean Gregory W. Bowman will open and close the event, and law professor David A. Logan will moderate the discussion.

The online program — titled “Incitement, Insurrection, and Impeachment: Inside the Second Trump Impeachment Trial” — will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. This event is free and open to the public and the media. But capacity is limited and registration is required. To attend, register here.

The program will feature expert commentary on the trial, plus discussion of its ramifications for the future of the Senate, impeachment, the presidency, the Constitution, and the rule of law in the United States. A question-and-answer session limited to law students of the three sponsoring schools will follow.

“The second impeachment trial will affect our country for generations to come,” Bowman said. “This program will offer an up-close and in-depth view of a watershed moment in our history.”

Logan said, “The program will provide a candid, insiders’ perspective on a groundbreaking constitutional moment in our national narrative.”


Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.