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Rep. Jamie Raskin on living through the 'Unthinkable'

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks during the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington.

A year ago tomorrow the U.S. House voted to impeach then-President Trump, alleging he had incited insurrection at the Capitol a week earlier, and Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin was immersed in organizing and leading the legal arguments for conviction.

It was the hardest thing he’d ever done professionally, Raskin writes in his memoir, "Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy," but gave him a way to pour his radical faith in democracy into mourning his son Tommy, lost to suicide just two weeks before.

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