Dem Lawmaker Circulates Letter in Congress Calling for Trump’s Disqualification

Democratic congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island circulated a letter to social gathering colleagues this week, looking for cosponsors for laws that might bar former President Donald Trump from operating for president once more in 2024.

Trump introduced that he’s operating for president once more throughout a rally at his Mar-a-Lago property on Tuesday night. That very same day, Cicilline circulated a letter looking for to disqualify Trump from greater workplace, citing Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, when a mob of his loyalists attacked the U.S. Capitol constructing shortly after he gave an incendiary speech outdoors the White Home.

“Give the proof — demonstrated via the January sixth Committee Hearings, the 2021 impeachment trial, and different reporting — that Donald Trump engaged in revolt on January sixth with the intention of overturning the lawful 2020 election outcomes, I’ve drafted laws that might stop Donald Trump from holding public workplace once more beneath the Fourteenth Modification,” Cicilline wrote.

Cicilline, who served as an impeachment supervisor throughout Trump’s first impeachment trial, didn’t say when he deliberate to submit the laws for Congress to think about. He did urge different lawmakers to cosponsor his laws by Thursday, nevertheless.

Cicilline’s invoice “particulars testimony and proof demonstrating how Donald Trump engaged in revolt in opposition to the US” primarily based on revelations made in the course of the January 6 committee’s hearings, his letter says.

According to the letter, the invoice additionally particularly showcases how Donald Trump:

…engaged in revolt when he helped to plan and inspired the insurgence on January sixth regardless of figuring out that the election outcomes had been lawful; tried to intimidate state and federal officers when they didn’t help his false claims and illegal plans; tried to govern Mike Pence into unlawfully refusing to certify the election outcomes, regardless of Mr. Pence’s and authorized advisors’ assertion that he held no such authority; and supported the violent revolt on the Capitol on January sixth, refusing for hours to denounce or act in opposition to the mob and placing 1000’s of lives in peril.

Cicilline’s invoice could face authorized challenges, because the modification he cites doesn’t define a selected course of for labeling an individual an insurrectionist. The amendment does state, nevertheless, that Congress has the authority “to implement, by acceptable laws, the provisions of this text” — in concept paving the way in which for Cicilline’s laws for use to deem Trump unfit for workplace.

In accordance with Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, no one who has beforehand taken an oath of workplace within the U.S. could serve in any governmental workplace once more if they’ve “engaged in revolt or insurrection in opposition to the identical, or given assist or consolation to the enemies thereof.”

Cicilline isn’t the one particular person trying to bar Trump from serving in workplace once more. Earlier this month, president of the nonprofit watchdog group Residents for Duty and Ethics in Washington (CREW) despatched a letter to Trump warning that the group would sue to dam him from operating.

“The proof that you simply engaged in revolt as contemplated by the Fourteenth Modification — together with by mobilizing, inciting, and aiding those that attacked the Capitol — is overwhelming,” CREW president Noah Bookbinder wrote to Trump.

“Let our message be clear,” Bookbinder went on. “In case you search workplace regardless of being disqualified beneath the Structure for partaking in revolt, we and others loyal to the Structure will defend it.”