“… Why a Law, Not Jail, Might Be the Best Way to Keep Trump Out of the Oval Office.”

Lt Gen Wade Hampton (CSA) latterly Governor of SC and US senator as well.

“What Cheney and her congressional colleagues might have in mind is the 14th amendment, which was ratified in 1868 after the Civil War to prevent former Confederates from holding state or federal office and thus disrupting the fragile Reconstruction effort.

Cheney’s colleague on the committee, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, specifically invoked the 14th amendment in remarks to POLITICO this week, calling its use “a live proposition.”

This idea has come up before. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, scholarsand legal expertsfloated the idea of using this part of the Constitution to do what impeachment ultimately failed to do — permanently bar Trump from holding elected office. But that option seemed to lose some of its appeal as Republicans and Democrats resumed their partisan crouches and major domestic legislative initiatives took center stage.

Now, as the Jan. 6 committee aims for a series of public hearings in the spring — and even some members of the GOP appear to be open to some aspects of election reform — it’s worth revisiting this legislative avenue, and whether the damning revelations already unearthed by the committee’s investigation have sufficiently changed the political landscape within Congress that passing such a law might now be possible — maybe even preferable.”

Comment: So, the Dems have two options? One is to make a criminal referral out of the 6 January tribunal and the second is to pass legislation that makes Trump ineligible for public office under Paragraph 3 of the 14th Amendment as a leader of “insurrection.”

This provision of that amendment was SFAIK never applied to former Confederates with the exception of Jefferson Davis and RE Lee. After a general amnesty was applied by President Hayes, the Congress was replete with former Confederates in both chambers, and several held high diplomatic posts as well as governorships in the states. pl

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/01/07/trump-run-again-congress-law-jail-526732

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15 Responses to “… Why a Law, Not Jail, Might Be the Best Way to Keep Trump Out of the Oval Office.”

  1. Fred says:

    Raskin, the Bernie endorsed leftist.

    To quote the linked article. “…So democracy is all about making sure that the people have control over the rulers. That’s what accountability is.”” He felt the 2016 election was illegitimate becasue of “Russia Collusion”. Does he still feel that way after Mueller? Thank goodness the Biden Administration is accountable to the “people”.

    Having failed to secure his removal from office under the 25th Amendment in the second impeachment trial, post presidency as the trial in the Senate was held after Biden was inaugurated, he is trying this stunt? Good thing he’s in a D+20 district.

    ” It’s a question of the movement that Trump has created…”

    Well, there you have Ruskin’s real target, 74 million Americans who voted for Trump.

  2. Claudius says:

    The Dems? The GOP establishment doesn’t want him either. He cost them money, he embarrassed them, he mocked the Bush family. All good things in my book, but I’m not a DC critter. My last tour in the Navy was in DC; I loathed every minute of it.
    I reckon they plan to remove Trump then force a Bush down our throats screaming that a Bush is better than a Bolshevik.
    No thanks, I’ll pass. The Bolshevik will stab me in chest; the Bush will stab me in the back.

  3. Barbara Ann says:

    Ah for the good ol’ days when keeping someone out of the Oval Office was accomplished by putting up a candidate with policies more attractive to the electorate than theirs. Sad.

  4. dsrcwt says:

    Without a conviction, this sounds like a bill of attainder.

  5. Ed Lindgren says:

    The January 6th Committee is doing its damnedest to ensure that their work continues on until election day in November 2022.

    As Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column, based on the performance of Dementia Joe, the so-called ‘insurrection’ is about all they have to run on…..

    https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/why-the-left-cannot-let-go-of-jan-6/

  6. Razumov says:

    The insurrection charge is blatantly political and the Jan 6th narrative is collapsing thanks to Revolver News. If I was Trump’s lawyer I would be much more worried about Ghislaine squealing or the multiple SDNY investigations that were spun off of Mueller. They have a lot of other cards to play.

    • Barbara Ann says:

      All the cards in the world don’t help if you are playing the wrong game. They may succeed in harpooning the Orange Whale, but then the cry will go up: “The ship? Great God, where is the ship?”.

  7. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    Hence, all of the rending of garments, and frothing at the mouth about a supposed “insurrection”, indisputedly on the advice of the perennially, domestically filibustering Lawfare scum. This entire hideous farago is to facilitate yet another strategem to eliminate Trump and others of his associates from any further participation in the electoral and governance process.

    Leftists – whenever they are fulminating or shrieking about something it is a sure sign that they have already done it themselves, or are avidly plotting to do so.

    They (and their shameless co-conspirators, the RINOs) have themselves been engaged in an insurrection against the Constitutional order for years, certainly since 2016, but in my estimation, in actual fact, for decades. As the March Through the Institutions has ground forward over the decades, with the effect of giving them enfilading supporting fire against any remaining opposition forces, they have become increasingly emboldened.

    Now, these shameless hypocrites wrap themselves in the flag of the Republic that they have sought for so long to undermine. Their recourse to this display of manifestly false republican sentiments is rather like Caesar Augustus claiming the ancient motto of the Roman Republic, SPQR, still had currency; autocrats both, they seek to clothe themselves in tawdry rags of legitimacy, but no objective observer can possibly be deceived as to their true aims.

  8. Babeltuap says:

    I’d step away from the table if I were them. They are going to create an even greater concentrated movement against their large intoxicated regime. And everyone knows what happens to that big guy. Swings, misses then gets thrown out the front door.

  9. John Merryman. says:

    America is bigger than Donald Trump. Unfortunately our political establishment is not.

  10. TTG says:

    I would think the Democrats would want to keep chipping away at Trump, but encourage him to be the Republican candidate in 2024. He lost in 2020 because he was Trump as evidenced by the Arizona ballot study. A lot of ballots who voted straight republican down ticket deliberately did not vote for Trump. They either did not vote for president at all or voted for Biden.

    • Fred says:

      Biden should run for re-election, he gained more votes than any president in history in 2020, as evidenced by all the down ballot coat tails and the giant rallies. Covid, of course, had nothing to do with his election, or his current travails.

  11. Leith says:

    There are more than two options. The best for the Democrats is to let him run. My prediction is that he will lose in the primary and never get to the general election.

  12. Deap says:

    Democrats go out of their way to offend American’s sense of fair play. Might play in the Beltway bubble because it 99% sucks off the government teat; but not anywhere else.

    Kamala Harris finally said something that made sense: she said she regrets not getting out “among the people” more. As long as this does not mean more trips back to Lala Land California.

    Go visit Philadelphia, MS and sit in on some old time religion, if you wan to get your fingers on the pulse of America. And take your bat sh*t crazy Democrat conspiracy plots out of Wash DC with you.

  13. Balint Somkuti, PhD says:

    Looks like the Dems are really after an insurrection. Either to fake one or to make one. Most great empires cannot be brought down from the outside, therefore are unmade from within.

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