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The truth is, impeachment has almost never been popular. It tends to pump up the partisans in either party but has far less allure for independents or those less politically inclined.
To secure enough votes in 1994, the ban’s sponsors in Congress accepted a “sunset provision” — meaning it would last 10 years but need to be reauthorized. Politics in the U.S. changed.
And unlike the attorney general’s predecessors who were caught between warring branches of government, William Barr seems intent on being at the center of the conflict.