While the Founding Father’s were in Philadelphia putting together the Constitution, in Britain was the ongoing impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, the former Governor-General of Bengal. He was charged with corruption by and through the East India Company, the folks who wanted to sell tea in Boston until a party dumped the tea into the harbor in December 1773. Hastings left office in India and returned to Great Britain where he was impeached. The trial took seven years, and ended with an acquittal in 1795. Only a handful of jurors in the House of Lords could vote; many others had not heard the evidence or only part of the trial.
So what did the Founding Father’s do in Philadelphia in 1787? They gave powers to the House and the Senate to impeach the president and try him, presumably in office or once he had left office, just like Warren Hastings. It is the original Constitutional intention, confirmed within the state constitutional conventions, assemblies elected specifically in 1788 to ratify the Constitution on behalf of each state. Madison considered those state conventions as creating the legislative history of the Constitution.
Today, there are Don Trump sycophants, like Alan Dershowitz, who claim Don Trump cannot be impeached once he leaves office. Has Alan Dershowitz ever heard of Warren Hastings? NO, but Dersh is willing to set aside legal and legislative precedents, history of impeachments, and ignore stare decisis to claim Don Trump is innocent.
Dersh is so attached to Don Trump in a toady way, that he won’t let go for love or money. Perhaps, Dersh wants to become the Minister of Justice in Don Trump’s kitchen cabinet: The goal of those men is to eat until everyone has a heart condition, the only way each of them can feel themselves alive on this sphere, today. Meanwhile Dersh is good for a few laughs on Fox, talking to reporters always impressed by his law degree: Dersh is an intellectual; he’s read a case or two. Who needs history? Who needs to know where something came from, because in Dersh’s mind, like everyone at Fox thinks, the United States Constitution is just paper slapped together quickly to handle a few problems in 1787.