Donald Trump might be barred from returning to the White House if a Democratic-controlled committee determines that the former president was involved in “planning” or “engaging” in last year’s assault on the Capitol, according to Rep. Jamie Raskin.
Raskin, a member of the House Judiciary Committee since January 6 and a former House impeachment manager, said Democrats and people who oppose another Trump term in the White House would have the Constitution on their side.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Raskin explained that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that anyone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, and who violates and betrays that oath by participating in an insurrection and rebellion against the Union shall never be allowed to hold public office again.
Rep. Jamie Raskin "delighted" to hear Republican lawmakers give consideration to prosecuting former Pre. Trump if evidence shows he aided and abetted the Jan. 6 insurrection. https://t.co/iZSgsWrRDF pic.twitter.com/pHu1DVhrue
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 9, 2022
The Republicans, particularly the radical Republican Party, embraced this position after the Civil War and throughout the Reconstruction era.” It was used then, and it may certainly be used again, depending on what we discover about Donald Trump’s actions, to prevent him from ever being able to run for office again.”
When asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if Mr. Raskin had proof that Mr. Trump was involved in the uprising, Mr. Raskin mentioned the House’s second impeachment of Mr. Trump, which took place after the January 6 disturbance. Mr. Trump was eventually found not guilty by a unanimous vote in the Senate.
In Mr. Raskin’s words, “the issue is whether he was involved in the organization of [the incident].” “And that’s precisely what the select committee is looking at as we carry out our mandate under House Resolution 503 to investigate all of the facts that contributed to the events of January 6th, as well as the causes of those events.”
Politicians from both parties have shown little interest in using legislation to determine Mr. Trump’s electoral destiny.
When asked about Mr. Raskin’s position, Sen. Mike Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, told ABC that concerns regarding whether Mr. Trump was engaged in the incident on January 6 should not be addressed by Congress.
“I believe that this is a matter for the courts to resolve, and, most definitely, if there is proof, it will be up to the Justice Department to put it up and go ahead,” Mr. Rounds said. ‘However, it should be noted that every single individual is protected under that system. The past president is also protected by this method. I believe that this is something that should be determined in the courts, and that we should not be legislating on it at this time.”
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) January 9, 2022
Mr. Rounds said that he did not believe the Justice Department had produced sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Trump with a felony.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that he would seek further evidence in order to evaluate Mr. Trump’s probable awareness of or amount of participation in the violence, if any.
NBC’s Mr. Kinzinger said, “I believe the one issue that if I could wave a magic wand and have more information on, it would be what did the president know about January 6th leading up to January 6th.” On the 6th, I believe it’s vital to distinguish between whether the president was completely inept or a coward for doing nothing and if he was aware of what was about to happen. And I believe that’s the difference between being incompetent under oath and perhaps engaging in illegal [behavior].”
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