With acquittal a foregone conclusion, the real drama is what Trump does next
At its heart, the second Trump impeachment trial is exactly like the first in that both aimed at voter suppression. Although the very definition of impeachment focuses on past acts while in office, the twin Trump impeachments have been about looking forward to the next election. The aim has been to knock him off the ballot if possible, but if not, dirty him up so he could be defeated. Having beaten him once, you might think the Dems would no longer be afraid of Trump. But they are, and they're desperate.