House Democrats Thursday introduced legislation that would bar former President Donald Trump from holding any future federal office, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
The legislation is spearheaded by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who was House administrator for Trump’s second impeachment trial, and the bill also has 40 cosponsors, all Democrats. It cites the provision of 14th Amendment which says no one who has held public office and who “has engaged in insurrection or rebellion” may again hold federal office.
“Donald Trump very clearly participated in an insurrection on January 6, 2021 with the intent to nullify the legal and fair results of the 2020 election,” Cicilline argued in a statement. “You cannot lead a government that you tried to destroy. Even Mitch McConnell admits that Trump bears the responsibility, telling the full Senate that ‘
“The 14th Amendment makes it clear that, based on his past behavior, Donald Trump is barred from ever holding federal office again, and under Section 5, Congress has the power to pass laws to implement this ban,” Cycilline continued.
The legislation details how Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the election results, did nothing to denounce the mob that stormed the Capitol for hours andwho did not support his false claims of massive voter fraud, among other things.
The bill would have to pass both houses of Congress, with only days before Republicans take control of the House and a substantial year-end agenda remaining. Legislation falls like thethe January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol is preparing to release its final report next week. Said committee is only authorized to function until the end of the year.
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