//Sekulow accuses Schiff of taking Hamilton quote out of context in Trump impeachment trial

Sekulow accuses Schiff of taking Hamilton quote out of context in Trump impeachment trial

One of many attorneys on President Trump’s impeachment trial protection workforce, Jay Sekulow, charged that Democratic members of Congress had been taking a quote from Alexander Hamilton out of context as they tried to put out the usual for eradicating a president from workplace.

Chatting with reporters after the second day of Democrats’ opening arguments, Sekulow mentioned Thursday that the Hamilton quote, which comes from a letter he despatched to George Washington as Treasury secretary in 1792, primarily discussing the nationwide debt, was “fully misplaced.”

“Each Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and yesterday, as effectively, Congressman [Adam] Schiff, used this well-known quote from Alexander Hamilton about impeachment,” Sekulow mentioned. “It wasn’t about impeachment. It was a letter concerning coverage disputes between Hamilton and Washington 5 years after the Structure was adopted.”

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

On this picture from video, Home impeachment supervisor Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks throughout the impeachment trial towards President Donald Trump within the Senate on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Tv by way of AP)

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Sekulow continued: “So they don’t seem to be solely taking the flawed regulation, they’re taking the flawed quotes from the founding fathers.”

The founding father has loved one thing of a pop-culture resurgence within the nation because of the hit Broadway musical bearing his title, and Democratic lawmakers main impeachment have repeatedly handled the quote in query as a prescient warning for the nation’s political circumstances right this moment.

Home Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., used the quote as he started his opening arguments within the impeachment trial. Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., additionally used it this week.

In an extended letter to Washington that’s the supply of the passage, Hamilton had mentioned the nationwide debt, the constitutionality of a nationwide financial institution and several other different coverage matters.

Within the half Democrats cite, nevertheless, Hamilton addresses worries by some {that a} monarchy may kind to subsume the constitutional authorities. Hamilton says he doubts that might be attainable resulting from how “enlightened” the American persons are and the truth that energy within the U.S. authorities is consistently altering arms.

He does, nevertheless, warn that, “the one path to a subversion of the republican system of the Nation is, by flattering the prejudices of the folks, and thrilling their jealousies and apprehensions,” to throw affairs into anarchy and drive residents into, “the arms of monarchy for repose and safety.”

Hamilton then goes on to jot down the passage Democrats have been quoting within the impeachment trial:

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

On this picture from video, Home impeachment supervisor Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks throughout the impeachment trial towards President Donald Trump within the Senate on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Tv by way of AP)

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“When a person unprincipled in personal life determined in his fortune, daring in his mood, possessed of appreciable skills, having the benefit of navy habits—despotic in his odd demeanor—recognized to have scoffed in personal on the ideas of liberty—when such a person is seen to mount the interest horse of recognition—to hitch within the cry of hazard to liberty—to take each alternative of embarrassing the Common Authorities & bringing it underneath suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all of the nonsense of the zealots of the day—It might justly be suspected that his object is to throw issues into confusion that he might ‘journey the storm and direct the whirlwind,'” Hamilton wrote.

Whereas Sekulow is right that Hamilton’s message was not about impeachment, Schiff and Nadler had been cautious to notice of their remarks that the Hamilton quote was about the kind of chief that might be most dangerous to the American authorities and never about impeachment.

“The framers frightened then, as we fear right this moment, {that a} chief would possibly come to energy to not perform the need of the folks that he was elected to signify, however to pursue his personal pursuits,” Schiff mentioned Wednesday. “A concern {that a} president would subvert our democracy by abusing the superior energy of his workplace for his personal private or political achieve.”

Fox Information’ Jason Donner contributed to this report.