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Alexander Hamilton dispensed of Trump’s impeachment defense in 1788. The current president and his defenders' contentions about impeachable offenses were anticipated and addressed in the seminal 18th century essay "Federalist No. 65."

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  • Trump claims to love originalism. But his impeachment defense doesn't reflect a genuine understanding of the Constitution or the founding fathers' original thinking on impeachment, despite his avowed interest and respect.

    I took a look at Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton's seminal essay on impeachment

    Trump claims to love originalism. But his impeachment defense doesn't reflect a genuine understanding of the Constitution or the founding fathers' original thinking on impeachment, despite his avowed interest and respect.

    I took a look at Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton's seminal essay on impeachment that happens to debunk Trump's current defenses and shows his comparisons with criminal trials are bogus.

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  • An interesting statement that belies, and hopes, you do not read the federalist paper 65. The paper does not support the statement that it debunks Trumps defense. It in fact goes to great discussion on how and who should preside over such a trial. More importantly it points out that there is a delicacy

    An interesting statement that belies, and hopes, you do not read the federalist paper 65. The paper does not support the statement that it debunks Trumps defense. It in fact goes to great discussion on how and who should preside over such a trial. More importantly it points out that there is a delicacy for those bringing an impeachment trial and their bias, making it difficult for the decision of who should try such a case.

    “The delicacy and magnitude of a trust which so deeply concerns the political reputation and existence of every man engaged in the administration of public affairs, speak for themselves. The difficulty of placing it rightly, in a government resting entirely on the basis of periodical elections, will as readily be perceived, when it is considered that the most conspicuous characters in it will, from that circumstance, be too often the leaders or the tools of the most cunning or the most numerous faction, and on this account, can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny.”

    Moreover, Hamilton states that impeachment “

    Is it not designed as a method of NATIONAL INQUEST into the conduct of public men” which seems to point to the bias of the house majority, and their continued search to impeach Trump since his inauguration.