Radical Left Still Threatening The 14th Amendment After Trial
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did not foreclose on Thursday the option of invoking the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to bar former President Donald Trump from holding office again.
“We’re first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next,” Schumer told reporters at the U.S. Capitol when asked about the possibility of using the amendment if the Senate acquits Trump, as it is expected to do.
Section three of the Amendment says that no one shall serve in Congress or become president or vice president, among other positions, if they have previously taken an oath as a federal or state official but “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
“The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article,” the amendment states.
But legislation would require 67 votes in the Senate, which would mean convincing 17 Republicans to support it even if every single Democrat did.
That’s the same threshold that Democrats face for an impeachment conviction.
But Constitutional scholar Rick Green told The Epoch Times that he believes Democrats will try to “create a scenario where they piece together these different parts of the Constitution to be able to get a vote with a majority based on the 14th amendment.”
By citing different parts of the Constitution, Green believes Democrats may try to allege they only need a majority, not a supermajority.
If they succeed, Trump could take the matter to the Supreme Court.
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