Representative Jamie Raskin stated that former President Donald Trump does not need a criminal conviction of insurrection for the 14th Amendment to disqualify him as president.
Raskin argued that the 14th Amendment bars individuals who engage in anti-democratic acts, such as attempting to overthrow an election through insurrection.
“The authors of the 14th Amendment themselves dealt with that question,” Raskin said. (Trending: Judge Issue Major Ruling On Transgender Procedures For Kids)
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“They felt that if someone sets themselves at war against the Constitution, and engages in the most profound anti-democratic act of trying to overthrow an election by installing themselves in office with an insurrection, then at that point, they are constitutionally barred.”
“So, when people say, it is undemocratic what the voters decide, that’s like saying, let Vladimir Putin run for president, even though he’s not a U.S. citizen because it would be undemocratic to deny that choice to the voters.”
“The Constitution has already made that judgment.”
He emphasized the need for a judicial determination of whether Trump’s actions constitute insurrection, stating that a criminal conviction is not necessary for the 14th Amendment to apply.
“I think what we need is a judicial determination of whether or not an impeachment by the House, 57 to 43 vote in the Senate, enough to establish as a civil proposition that he’s engaged in insurrection or whether you need additional adjudicated fact finding by the court.”
“But nowhere does it say that you need to have a criminal conviction in order to make section three of the 14th Amendment apply.”