House Democrats introduce bill to bar Trump from office under 14th Amendment

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House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation barring former President Donald Trump from holding any future federal office, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

The legislation is led by Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who served as House Manager for Trump’s second impeachment, and the bill also has 40 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. He cites the provision of the 14th Amendment which says that no person who has held government office and who “has engaged in insurrection or rebellion” shall be barred from holding federal office again.

“Donald Trump very clearly embarked on an insurrection on January 6, 2021 with the intention of overturning the legal and fair results of the 2020 election,” Cicilline said in a statement. “You can’t run a government you’ve tried to destroy. Even Mitch McConnell admits Trump bears the blame, telling the Senate that ‘

“The 14th Amendment makes it clear that because of his past behavior, Donald Trump is disqualified from holding federal office again and, under Section 5, Congress has the power to pass legislation to implement this. ban,” Cicilline continued.

The legislation details how Trump pushed then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify election results, did nothing to speak out against the mob that attacked the Capitol for hours, and intervened with government officials who did not back up his false allegations of mass voter fraud, among other things.

The bill is expected to pass both houses of Congress, with only days before Republicans take control of the House and there remains an important year-end agenda. Legislation falls as the Special House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol is preparing to release its final report next week. This committee is only authorized to function until the end of the year.

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