While the impeachment proceedings against Trump have persisted, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Majority Leader, has already started contemplating other means of punishing Trump, provided that Trump is ultimately punished by the Senate.
According to Schumer, the Democrats could also consider invoking the third section of the fourteenth amendment. This particular section enables Congress to bar individuals who have participated in “insurrection or rebellion” from holding public office.
According to Schumer, the most relevant test includes the following: No one will be able to run for public office in the United States if they have presumably “engaged in insurrection or rebellion.” Schumer also added that this definition extends to individuals who have provided “comfort or aid to the enemies thereof.”
Nonetheless, Schumer insisted that Democrats are currently focusing the most on the present impeachment trial.
I asked Schumer if Dems might bring a 14th Amendment measure forward if they don’t convict Trump – he said “we’re first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next.”
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) February 11, 2021
Aside from Schumer, other liberal Senators, namely Chris Coons (DE), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Chris Murphy (CT), and Tim Klaine (VA) have also indicated their support for using the fourteenth amendment if the impeachment trial fails to acquit Trump.
Since most Senate Republicans remain united, it is unlikely that Trump will be found guilty of the charges levied against him.
Interestingly, the fourteenth amendment utilizes wording that is similar to the articles of impeachment passed by the House, which also insist that Trump used “incitement of insurrection” to initiate the events on Capitol Hill on January 6.
Ultimately, Democrats would have to convince ten Republicans to change their vote in order to ban Trump from running for public office again. The impeachment trial is currently continuing on to Friday.
The amendment uses language similar to the impeachment article passed by the House, which accuses Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” If invoked, Democrats would still have to convince 10 Republicans to agree to convict Trump, preventing him from holding public office again. The impeachment trial is set to continue on Friday.