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Subj: Re: I don't think anyone actually knows if a conviction would legally bar Trump from being POTUS again.
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 at 02:08:15 am EDT (Viewed 303 times)
Reply Subj: I don't think anyone actually knows if a conviction would legally bar Trump from being POTUS again.
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 at 01:03:11 am EDT (Viewed 174 times)

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PolitiFact explains that it's not exactly and open and shut case.

https://www.politifact.com/article/2022/aug/09/can-donald-trump-run-president-if-convicted-removi/

If it were just a matter of whether he SHOULD be qualified to run, I'd say the Jan 6th stuff is about as much proof that you'd need that he's not.  But I'm not sure that statute is going to be enough, and if the Department of Justice tried to "decree" Trump is not longer eligible, that would almost certainly end up in from of the SCOTUS.  I don't see them ruling against Trump in that circumstance.

Of course this is rapidly developing, but I'm just doubt things will be so cut and dry.

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---the late great Donald Blake


True it is not cut and dry, but SCOTUS would have to seriously reinterpret the laws to say that the President is exempt from penalty for destroying/mishandling classified material.

There is no mention in those laws that POTUS is exempt and I can easily see a lot of federal employees saying that if it impacts us then it impacts POTUS as well.

However if DOJ states he is ineligible and then it goes to SCOTUS that will take some time, and in that time, someone else will likely get the GOP nomination and whether it is the Dems or GOP that wins, it won't be him.

This presumes of course that he isn't indicted/convicted about Jan 6th.



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