The Founding Fathers warned us. Last week, 52 Republican senators decided that even if President Donald Trump had committed impeachable offenses, he should not be removed from office. Following a shameful public cover-up masquerading as a constitutionally prescribed trial, where no witnesses were allowed to testify, Trump is now emboldened to do whatever he wants to do, regardless of its ramifications for the country.
Writing in the Federalist Papers — essentially the legislative history of the U.S. Constitution — Alexander Hamilton recognized the shortcomings of placing the responsibility for trying articles of impeachment in a political body. “… There will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstration of innocence or guilt,” he presciently observed. In fact, only Mitt Romney broke party ranks, becoming the first senator in U.S. history to vote against an accused of his party.
Of course, we House Democrats understood that we had no chance to garner the 67 votes to convict Donald Trump and remove him from office. So why, many have asked, did we go down the path we did?Read More ›