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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

US founding father Alexander Hamilton would probably counsel president Donald Trump to come up with a better defense than the one offered by Trump's attorneys ahead of his looming Senate impeachment trial.

Hamilton saw this coming. The prolific lawyer illuminated Trump's claims, albeit indirectly, in Federalist No. 65, a seminal essay in the 1788 Federalist Papers. In the essay, Hamilton made it clear that political impeachment proceedings are necessarily treated unlike crimes in court, substantively and procedurally.

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"The essay explains the framers' thinking on impeachment, as their reasoning had evolved over weeks of debate at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. It shows that political and criminal prosecutions are neither inextricably intertwined nor mutually exclusive. A president can be impeached for abuse of power in office, followed by a criminal prosecution or not. What offends the Constitution isn't identical to a statutory crime. Hamilton noted of impeachment:

The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.

The emphasis on "political" exists for a reason. Hamilton and his fellows had engaged in long and heated arguments about this particular prosecution process. Initial resistance to impeachment by some attendees"for fear it would be used to cow public officials"was eventually overcome when Constitutional Convention representatives explicitly agreed there had to be a distinct way to censure abuses of office and remove offending public servants, separate from criminal prosecutions and elections."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-21 12:51 PM | Reply

Founding fathers???? What do they know???? We don't need no stinking founding fathers!!!!

Trump defense team

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 01:06 PM | Reply

LOL. Corky, the globalist Warhawk hegemony whisperer channeling a Founding Father.

It's like when Lucifer quotes scripture to trap you.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-21 02:22 PM | Reply

"It's like when Lucifer quotes scripture to trap you."

Has he succeeded with you? Do you really believe garbage like Lucifer? Hilarious!

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 02:38 PM | Reply

"They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself."

Dear Mr. Hamilton.
In the 232 years that have passed, most people don't really understand the meaning of the word "political" anymore.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 02:41 PM | Reply

Do you really believe garbage like Lucifer? Hilarious!
#4 | POSTED BY DANNI

I believed Obama, but so did you. Only I didn't believe hime the second time, whereas you jumped in with both of your giant feet.

Hilarious.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-21 02:45 PM | Reply

"I believed Obama, but so did you. Only I didn't believe hime the second time, whereas you jumped in with both of your giant feet."

About what?

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 04:05 PM | Reply

#3 |

LOL Trumplesheepdip the Orange Turd Coddler with no response to Hamilton's Federalist No. 65, just more panicky Trump licking.

As expected.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-21 04:20 PM | Reply

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#9 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-21 04:28 PM | Reply

Classic, Corky admitting there were no crimes commited so trying to find another angle to impeach Trump. LOL

#10 | Posted by fishpaw at 2020-01-21 04:30 PM | Reply

Just turned it on and the king of liars, shifty whistleblower consultant Schiff is gas bagging again.

#11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2020-01-21 04:32 PM | Reply

- Corky admitting there were no crimes commited

It appears your reading comprehension has finally caught up with your writing ability in it's non-existence.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-21 04:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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