A House majority, including 10 Republicans, voted yesterday to impeach President Donald Trump for his role inciting the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. The trial in the Senate likely won’t take place until after the president leaves office on Jan. 20, leading some to question the point of impeachment.

Scholar Michael Blake, who writes about the moral justifications of social and legal institutions, argues impeachment is not about control or punishment, but aims to mark the moral limits of a presidency.

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A different type of protest comes to the Capitol. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for MoveOn

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