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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:09 PM

Impeaching lays groundwork for disqualification -- even without a conviction

The second impeachment is coming.

What's the point, you may ask, if the Senate can't muster a two-thirds vote to convict Trump, notwithstanding report of a rising anti-Trump Senate Republican tide.

One justification we will be hearing a lot: A second impeachment writes an indelible record for history. A president's unprecedented misconduct - fomenting violence against another branch of government - should be met with an unprecedented response. Democracy requires accountability.

But there is also a little-mentioned consequence of impeachment, even if the Senate does not convict Trump and bar him from holding another office: This impeachment would lay the groundwork for future action to disqualify Trump under the 14th Amendment.


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