The Federalist Papers: No. 67

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 67 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) turns his attention to the constitutional provisions made for the President. Publius feels compelled to immediately address the presidential power to make recess appointments during Senate vacancies. Kind of interesting, isn’t it? If he were going sequentially, he would have […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 66

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 66 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) continues his discussion of the constitutional provision that makes the Senate a court for the trial of impeachments. He addresses several specific objections. First, does the plan violate the principle of separation of powers? You may remember that Publius already […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 65

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 65 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) discusses the Senate’s role in impeachment/conviction of executive officers. Why do I suspect just a few of you are interested in this paper?! Publius notes the inherent difficulties in prosecuting the “misconduct of public men” or the “abuse or violation […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 64

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 64 is published. John Jay returns as “Publius” for one final essay. He discusses the role of the Senate in the making of treaties: The President has the power to make treaties, but two-thirds of Senators must concur. Jay notes the difficulties associated with making treaties: “The […]