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Hamilton Wouldn’t Impeach Trump

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Posted By: Moritz55, 10/11/2019 1:01:05 PM

What is an impeachable offense? Rep. Maxine Waters, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says the definition is purely political: “whatever Congress says it is—there is no law.” She’s wrong. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Framers debated impeachment of a president. Some argued for the power of Congress to remove the president for “maladministration” or other open-ended terms that appeared in several state constitutions. Others, including James Madison, opposed such vague criteria, fearful that they would turn the republic into a British-style parliamentary system, in which Congress could remove a president over political differences—effectively a vote of no confidence.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo 10/11/2019 1:17:06 PM (No. 204512)
Wasted words when a handful of highly partisan political hacks decided to traste the constitution and start a public, yet secret, coup-d'etat.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDConservative 10/11/2019 1:30:41 PM (No. 204533)
FTA: "It is left to Congress to be reasonable and conscientious in interpreting the words “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors”—a tall order in our hyperpartisan age." Even the good Doctor comes to agree that, while Hamilton and Madison had something else in mind, Waters and her ilk indeed can impeach for any/all reasons. Whether the Senate agrees to remove is another matter. There is no appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 10/11/2019 5:00:35 PM (No. 204763)
No one with any brains would impeach Presidnet Trump, either.
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