Colorado's Griswold: 'Real Questions' if the Constitution disqualifies Trump for the Presidency

 October 30, 2023

Jena Griswold said on Monday that there were "real questions" about whether or not the Constitution prevented former President Donald Trump from running for president or being seated in the post. 

Griswold, the Democratic Secretary of State of Colorado, spoke on CNN's "News Central" regarding Trump's eligibility to serve in any capacity, as Breitbart News reported.

Anchor John Berman said, “In Denver, court proceedings underway and you are looking at live picture[s] right now to see if section 3 of the 14th Amendment should keep Donald Trump off of the presidential ballot.

The Attorney General's Answer

"Let me read it, ‘No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.'”

Griswold said, “Yes, that is right. With this court case, we are hoping that it is giving guidance to ballots across the nation. We have never had this type of situation occur where a sitting president incites the insurrection and then had the audacity to run again.

"So there are real questions of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies him. I am looking forward to the judge giving guidance on the topic.”

She continued, “I will follow whatever court determination is in place by the time I certify the ballot. I do believe that Donald Trump incited the insurrection.”

Griswold added, “So did his actions rise to the level of disqualification, and who gets to determine that? Is it me, The court? Would it bar him from ballot access or just being seated in office if he was disqualified?

"There is disagreement, and this is why it is appropriate for the court to weigh in right now.”

Guilty Pleas

Multiple guilty pleas on Trump's Georgia case have caused questions about how the former president will faire in his upcoming criminal trial.

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis was the most recent to consent to testify in any related trials. The case involves efforts to thwart Georgia's 2020 election after Trump was deemed the looser.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charged Trump and 18 others on August 15 with operating a "criminal enterprise" that conspired to overturn the election.

Now, four members of the alleged criminal enterprise have agreed to cooperate against the remaining fifteen.

In recent weeks, two other attorneys involved in the endeavor, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, as well as a bail bondsman named Scott Hall, entered guilty pleas.

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