Cicilline drafts bill to bar Trump from holding public office

WASHINGTON (WLNE) — Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline has drafted a new bill that would bar former President Donald Trump from holding public office again.

On Tuesday, Trump announced his third bid for the White House, seeking the Republican nomination in the 2024 election.

In a statement, Cicilline said, “Given the proof — demonstrated through the January 6th Committee Hearings, the 2021 impeachment trial, and other reporting — that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection on Jan. 6 with the intention of overturning the lawful 2020 election results, I have drafted legislation that would prevent Trump from holding public office again.”

Under the Fourteenth Amendment, “No person shall… hold any office, civil or military, under the United States… who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States … 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.”

The legislation also outlines federal investigations related to Trump’s hoarding of top-secret government documents at his Florida estate.

Despite Trump’s campaign hitting the trials, the Justic Department said it will continue pushing ahead with its probes.

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