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The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump: A Guide to Why and How
March 26, 2017
Article II Section 4 of the United States Constitution reads "The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."
18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason
"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."
One section of the above U.S. Code stands out, "adheres to their enemies giving them aid and comfort within the United States."
Donald J. Trump is currently being investigated for giving Russia aid and comfort in the United States by colluding with them to influence the United States election. If found guilty by the FBI this is what will happen.
- A member of the House of Representatives will move to have Articles of Impeachment filed against Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence, and the entire administration.
- After debate, the House will vote. To declare impeachment only a simple majority of the House is required (218 votes).
- The trials then move to the Senate. As the President is being impeached, Chief Justice Roberts would preside over the hearings. Witnesses would be called for both the prosecution and defense, and cross-examining allowed.
- At the conclusion of the examinations, the 100 senate members act as jury and vote. To remove the President at this time requires a super majority of 67 votes.
- Once the 67th guilty vote is reached the Trump administration is removed.
- According to the Constitution, Mike Pence would become President. However, as the offense of the crime is treason he would also be impeached. Following the line of succession Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would become President.
- Uproar at Ryan being President? If enough U.S. citizens protested the line of succession it may be possible for congress to declare a special election. At that time, Ryan would act as an interim President.
- Would Hillary be the Democratic nominee? With a special election of this magnitude it would be difficult to find a suitable candidate for either party. However, given Hilary Clinton's popular vote win, and Ryan's rise to President, it is highly likely these would be the two names on the ballot.
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