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Thread #168285 Message #4088870
Posted By: Steve Shaw
19-Jan-21 - 09:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Trump Actions and Effects
Subject: RE: BS: Trump Actions and Effects
The charge that can be brought against him in the Senate can't be regarded as a criminal charge. If he's convicted in the Senate, which seems very unlikely, the Senate may then decide to bar him from future office. Apart from the obvious besmirching of whatever shredded reputation he still has, that would be about it. Any further steps, to convict him of a criminal offence, would have to go through the same process as anyone else would. As for the 14th Amendment, the processes that would be needed to bar him are not in place, and it's likely that Congress would have to pass new laws, then indict him, then try him... They could theoretically bar him, once that's all done and dusted, with a simple majority in each house. But you need to have the processes in place and you have to accept that he would have the right of appeal, which he would take as far as he could. It's very messy. Making Amendment 14 useful for circumstances such as the current ones would be far better sorted out in calmer times. As with changing the electoral college, it looks like pie in the sky. Come back exile. All is forgiven...