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Opinion: Impeaching Trump isn't enough

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Elie Honig writes that impeachment and conviction without disqualification ultimately would be toothless. But disqualification sends an unmistakable message: any president who violates the oath of office as Trump has done will be cast out of office and never permitted to return.

(CNN)Impeachment of President Donald Trump is necessary but not enough.

The Constitution provides that, upon impeachment in the US House of Representatives (by majority vote) and conviction in the US Senate (by two-thirds vote), an official can be punished with "removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States. " Under Senate precedent, disqualification requires a separate vote, after and only if they have voted to convict.

Over its history, the Senate has convicted and disqualified only three officeholders, including the last person who was impeached before Trump, federal Judge G.

But because Trump's effort to inflame his followers to storm the Capitol crested on January 6 -- exactly two weeks before the end of his tenure -- there is little practical chance that the House can impeach and the Senate can hold a trial and convict before the natural end of his term on January 20.

And the looming threat of a post-presidency disqualification vote by the Senate could deter Trump from committing further potential abuses of power -- from his authority as commander-in-chief to his exercise of the pardon power.

Impeachment and conviction without disqualification ultimately would be toothless, permitting Trump to escape with a wag of the finger but minimal concrete consequences.

That law also provides that its benefits are available only to a person "whose service in such office shall have terminated other than by removal pursuant to section 4 of article II of the Constitution of the United States of America" -- referencing the constitutional provision for impeachment, conviction and removal.

Thus, on its face, the law would strip a president who has been impeached and convicted of at least some of those benefits (though it is unclear whether he would lose Secret Service protection).

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