Friday, October 23, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Hamilton explains why the Senate was given the authority of "a court for the trial of impeachments."

December 5, 2019 --

Alexander Hamilton, commenting on impeachment in Federalist No. 65, remarked "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."   

(Not neutral:  Chairman Schiff ,who has called the president a "charlatan," among other insults; and the imperious Speaker Pelosi who regards the president, among other smears, as an "impostor?")


Hamilton  then added that the constitutional convention, "it appears, thought the Senate the most fit depositary of this important trust  [ruling on articles of impeachment drafted by the House of Representatives].