Supporters of corrupt Presidents, from Andrew Johnson to Bill Clinton… all use the same erroneous argument about the Impeachment provision of the Constitution. “But he didn’t commit a high crime!”
If only our Framers had specific indictable crimes in mind when they included… the all important Impeachment provision. The historical record clearly shows “High crimes and misdemeanors” is a standard based on all facets of public conduct.
In Federalist 65, Hamilton writes : “those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”
Madison argues in the Convention debates that impeachment can be used if the President “fails to discharge the duties of his office.”
“it will make him in a peculiar manner, responsible for [the] conduct” of executive officers. subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses.”
Should we scrutinize the current occupant of the White House more diligently?