Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-01-14 11:24:30 –
Washington DC — After hours of debate on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives, with 10 Republicans joining the Democratic Party, voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump again. This time in connection with the riots at the Capitol.
Republican Rep. Jim McGovern said, “We are discussing this historic measure at the actual crime scene. We would not have been here without the President of the United States.”
The impeachment article has now been moved to the Senate and may be featured in the Senate after President Trump resigns. But the question remains. Can you be removed from the office even after you have already left?
Caroline Fredrickson, a visiting professor at Georgetown Law and a senior researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice, said: “Several employees have been impeached after their resignation, so there is precedent for doing so. But neither of those officials, nor any of them, was the president.”
Still, if the Senate votes in favor of President Trump’s dismissal, is it possible for him to pardon himself?
Fredrickson said this was something the Supreme Court hadn’t covered before, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“I think the strength of the argument is,’No, he may not.’ The power of amnesty may be very wide, but it is assembled as a grant, you amnesty Give, “she said. “The president may give amnesty, and one does not give himself anything.”
Even if the Senate votes for the dismissal (and that’s a big deal), it doesn’t automatically prevent President Trump from looking for a future federal government.
“The Senate needs to convict and vote again to permanently ban the inauguration of the president,” Fredrickson said.
It could also potentially entail removing post-presidential interests such as Secret Service protection and lifelong medical care from him, which would require yet another Senate vote. Everything is part of a step that is part of a long process, but it was set over two centuries ago.
“It’s the moment we actually evaluate democracy, where it’s weak and where it needs to be strengthened,” Fredrickson said.
Even if the president has not been convicted in the Senate, Congress may vote to ban President Trump from taking future positions under Article 14-3 of the Constitutional Amendment.
It was applied to those who fostered a rebellion against the government and was set up primarily as a way to ban the Confederates who took office after the Civil War. Used only once in 1919.