If you thought Democrats were finished attempting to bar former President Donald Trump from running for the White House in 2024, think again.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), an anti-Trump Democrat who participated in the former president’s first impeachment trial, believes he has a path forward as far as banning the 45th president from attempting another campaign in 2024.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that many believe the Jan. 6 House Select Committee was formed to scheme up new ways to prevent Trump from running for office in the future.
However, given that the committee hasn’t had much luck as of late, Raskin, a constitutional law professor, seems to be honing in on exploiting the 14th Amendment to accomplish such a goal.
Lack of precedent
As the Examiner noted, Raskin “said it is an open question whether that section of the 14th Amendment is ‘self-executing’ and can ‘operate in itself’ without requiring a previous conviction.”
He added that there’s really no existing “precedent” for such a situation, which unfortunately leaves open at least some level of modern interpretation.
“There’s also another view out there that, for example, Donald Trump has already been determined to have participated in insurrection and rebellion by virtue of his impeachment by the House by majority vote, and then the determination by 57 senators that he incited violent insurrection against the union,” the Maryland Democrat said.
He added that even though Trump “wasn’t convicted for the purposes of impeachment, it could be argued that a majority has established as a legislative fact that he participated in insurrection or rebellion.”
In other words, if Raskin is already floating the idea and its making headlines, which it is, one can be sure that he and the other anti-Trump lawmakers on the committee are already scheming as hard as they can to make something happen, or at the very least, force Trump into a long, drawn-out legal battle.
Congress a target
Aside from Trump, there is also buzz that any Trump-connected Republican lawmakers who were connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could also be either forced out of office, or barred from running for reelection.
That idea has already been in play for months as Laurence Tribe, Raskin’s onetime Harvard Law School professor, noted in a Twitter post from October.
“Even if Section 3 of the 14th Amendment isn’t self-executing against the former president, it is certainly a strong basis for a vote of expulsion from the House for those members who aided and abetted the insurrection,” he wrote.