Donald Trump is facing potential impeachment after a mob of pro-Donald Trump supporters invaded the USA Capitol building as lawmakers in Congress were endeavouring to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The US leader is accused of inciting the mob which overwhelmed police officers at the scene and invaded the Capitol building, prompting calls for his impeachment. But if Mr Trump is impeached, could he run for president in 2024?
Supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol building in Washington DC on Wednesday, January 6.
Thousands of people had gathered in Washington DC calling for the November US election result to be overturned as lawmakers sought to confirm Mr Biden’s victory at Congress.
Mr Trump had addressed his supporters at a rally calling for them to join the protest in support of his cause.
He said: “We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue… and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… our Republicans, the weak ones… the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
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Mr Trump finally condemned the “heinous attack” on Thursday evening in a video shared on his social media platforms.
In the video, Mr Trump delivered what has been called his concession speech, which is typically delivered by candidates in the hours after an election.
Mr Trump failed to congratulate Mr Biden or even speak his name, but he emphasised his intention to ensure an orderly transition to the new President’s office.
He said: “We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high.
“But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.”
Donald Trump added: “Now Congress has certified the results.
“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20.
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
Despite issuing this statement, many lawmakers and key US political figures are calling for Mr Trump’s removal from office and for criminal charges to be filed over his remarks inciting violence at the Capitol.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer joined others in both parties on Thursday in calling on Trump to be removed from office.
If Donald Trump is impeached, could he run for president in the future?
In his speech on Thursday, Mr Trump concluded his speech implying his political future is far from over.
He said: “To all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Many are calling for Mr Trumpto be impeached as Congress is empowered to disqualify an impeached president from holding office in the future.
The Constitution is clear that after a House majority vote to impeach and a two-thirds Senate vote to convict, the president is removed from office.
Article I Section VII clarifies that removal is not the only punishment impeachment can levy.
The Constitution reads: “Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honour, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
The clause enables the Senate to permanently prevent Mr Trump from holding office again.
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Historically this clause has been involved twice in US history.
The first instance took place when federal judge West Hughes Humphreys was impeached in 1862.
He was then disqualified from holding any federal office in the future.
A second disqualification was voted upon in 1913 in a case involving federal judge Robert Archbald.
Mr Archbald was convicted by a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and then, in a separate vote, he was disqualified from holding future office on a simple majority vote of 39 to 35.
Political scientist and former US diplomat, Michael Montgomery told Express.co.uk said: “If Impeached, Donald Trump could not run again. That is expressly forbidden by the final paragraph of Article I, Section 3 of the US Constitution.”
“The article keeps him from running again and is why there is a significant interest in impeaching Mr Trump now despite him having very little time left in office.
“The other way of removing him, under Article 25 for incapacity (which VP Pence opposes in any event), would not debar him from running again.
“And, yes, he can be Impeached even if it takes past the end of his term. If that happened, it would clearly be aimed at closing his door to running again.
“Some Republicans, traditional ones, might support impeachment in order to remove a disruptive element from their party since he almost certainly cost his party control of the US House in 2018, the White House last November, and US Senate earlier this week in that dual Georgia special Senate runoff election.
“Mr Trump also presents a huge symbolic problem for his party because of so many things but, most obviously, because he incited a not insignificant number of his supporters to attack the US Capitol and Congress.
“As long as he retains any claim to lead it, the Republicans will be seen as the party of insurrectionism and perhaps even treason in the minds of many Americans.”