Oct 20, 2019

Ron Chernow: Alexander Hamilton would have backed Trump impeachment

Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in 1804. Illustration: Kean Collection/Getty Images

Historian Ron Chernow says Alexander Hamilton — author of the 11 "Federalist" essays on powers of the presidency and the first Treasury secretary — "would most certainly have endorsed the current impeachment inquiry."

What he's saying: Chernow — whose biography "Alexander Hamilton" gave us the musical "Hamilton" — writes for WashPost's Outlook section: "Hamilton pushed for impeachment powers. Trump is what he had in mind. He wanted a strong president — and a way to get rid of the demagogic ones."

  • "There seems little doubt, given his writings on the presidency," Chernow adds, "that Hamilton would have been aghast at Trump’s behavior and appalled by his invitation to foreign actors to meddle in our elections."

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What to expect from impeachment

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Starting today, Democrats will do everything they can to put the most damaging testimony against President Trump in front of the public — while Republicans try to put as much distance as possible between Trump and the efforts to pressure Ukraine.

Why it matters: The American public, which has largely been left out of the impeachment process so far, will get a front row seat to the fourth attempt in U.S. history to remove a president from office.

Go deeperArrowNov 13, 2019

Top House Democrat: "Political considerations" won't guide Trump impeachment

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In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said no House Democrats have told him that they will make impeachment decisions "based on political considerations."

The big picture: President Trump and his allies have argued that impeachment is a political ploy by Democrats to win back the office in 2020. Democrats have pushed back, arguing the impeachment inquiry against the president is a matter of accountability.

Go deeperArrowNov 3, 2019

Giuliani pens defiant WSJ op-ed ahead of impeachment hearings

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to the Organization of Iranian American Communities in New York City on Sept. 24. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday attacking Democrats and defending the Ukraine call ahead of the start of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry — which he labeled "unprecedented, constitutionally questionable."

What he's saying: In the op-ed, Giuliani outlined why he believes Trump's July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which triggered a whistleblower's complaint and Democrats' subsequent inquiry, was "innocent."

Go deeperArrowNov 13, 2019