Trump Impeachment: Jamie Raskin Says Framers of Constitution Anticipated Trump

Date: 2021-02-09 19:27:59

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“President Trump may not know a lot about the framers,” Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, said in arguing that the trial of the former president is constitutional. “But they knew a lot about him.”

Representative Joe Neguse laid out the case that two centuries of precedent and common sense backed by numerous conservative legal scholars make clear that former officials must be tried by the Senate when impeached.

“This is not the first time this direct question has been debated in this chamber,” he said. Otherwise, the Colorado Democrat said, public officials could just resign a minute before a Senate trial or even during the trial if it wasn’t going well.

“That would effectively erase disqualification from the Constitution,” he said. He added, “You don’t need to be a constitutional scholar to know that the argument President Trump asks you to adopt is not just wrong, it’s dangerous.”

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