To the Editor:
Two hundred and 31 years ago, Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 65, argued that impeachment would be highly divisive, as indeed the Clinton impeachment was and the Trump impeachment inquiry has been thus far: “The prosecution of impeachment will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community and divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. In many cases it will connect itself with pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or the other.”
Hamilton went on to forecast the party-line behavior evident in the House vote to authorize the current impeachment investigation: “In such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of the parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”
Today, the comparative strength of the parties is greater for the Democrats in the House and for the Republicans in the Senate. Rather than repeat the myopic Clinton impeachment by Republicans in the House and the Democrat acquittal in the Senate, for the good of the country and the health of our political system, let the verdict on Mr. Trump come from the voters, not Congress.