Several House Democrats lined up on Thursday to support legislation that would disqualify former President Donald Trump from holding office again under an unnamed bill that uses section three of the 14th Amendment to bar him. A total of 40 Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced the bill, which accused Trump of orchestrating the Capitol riot that temporarily disrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
“Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an insurrection January 6, 2021, with the intention of overturning the lawful and fair results of the 2020 election. You don’t get to lead a government you tried to destroy,” Cicilline said, boasting that the legislation is full of testimony and evidence.
They spied on his campaign.
They impeached him.
They created a special counsel to harass him.
Now, they want to enact legislation to bar him from holding office again.
Despite all that, President Trump never stopped fighting for you.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 16, 2022
The legislation was introduced in the weeks following Trump’s announcement of his presidential campaign for 2024. This setup could be a rematch between Trump and Biden, who has indicated his intention to run again.
According to Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and former impeachment manager, Section three of the 14th Amendment addresses disqualification from office.
There is no guarantee that such a bill will pass. Republicans won a majority of seats in the 2022 midterms, and it would lose its chances in Jan.
The Democratic-led House impeached Trump in Jan. 2021, but the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him. As a result, Cicilline cited Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who voted against the conviction but criticized Trump after his acquittal.
“Even Mitch McConnell admits that Trump bears responsibility, saying on the Senate floor that ‘there’s no question, none that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.’ The 14th Amendment makes clear that based on his past behavior, Donald Trump is disqualified from ever holding federal office again and, under Section 5, Congress has the power to pass legislation to implement this prohibition,” Cicilline said.
In its final meeting on Monday, the House Jan. 6 Committee will vote on whether to request the Justice Department prosecute Trump over the Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump’s handling of documents and the 2020 election has already been under investigation by a special counsel. Trump has firmly denied any wrongdoing.