Congress is forwarding this impeachment with full knowledge that they cannot remove President Trump from office. That isn’t even their stated reason for doing it. The reason that they want to impeach President Trump is to prevent him from running again in 2024. The only problem here is that, since he will not be President Trump at that point, but simply private citizen Trump, Congress doesn’t have the power of impeachment. 

The framers foresaw the legislature abusing their power. They even included a provision in the Constitution to prevent this exact situation. Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 reads “No Bill of Attainder…shall be passed.” What is a bill of attainder? 

In British common law, bills of attainder were legislative acts that, without trial, condemned specifically designated persons or groups to death. Bills of attainder also required the “corruption of blood”; that is, they denied to the condemned’s heirs the right to inherit his estate. Bills of pains and penalties, in contrast, singled out designated persons or groups for punishment less than death, such as banishment or disenfranchisement. Many states had enacted both kinds of statutes after the Revolution. The Supreme Court has insisted that “a Bill of Attainder may affect the life of an individual, or may confiscate his property, or may do both,” Fletcher v. Peck (1810). 

James Madison said in The Federalist No. 44, “Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact and to every principle of sound legislation.”

The Constitution forbade Congress from “exercis[ing] the power and office of judge.” Cummings v. Missouri (1867). In United States v. Brown (1965), the Court specifically rejected a “narrow historical approach” to the clauses and characterized the Framers’ purpose as to prohibit “legislative punishment, of any form or severity, of specifically designated persons or groups.” In Garland (1867), for example, the Supreme Court struck down under the Attainder Clause a congressional statute directed against former Confederates that barred persons from practicing law before United States courts who had, among other things, merely given “encouragement” to rebels.

So if Congress couldn’t prevent former Confederates from becoming practicing attorneys, why does THIS Congress feel that they can prevent private citizen Trump from becoming President Trump in 2024?


Congress is now trying to pass another Bill of Attainder that specifically prohibits Private Citizen Trump from entering the Capitol.  

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KDKong · January 15, 2021 at 12:56 am

Albee Hastings

KDKong · January 15, 2021 at 12:58 am

Freaking autocorrect
Alcee Hastings

Divemedic · January 15, 2021 at 1:51 am

What does that have to do with anything? Yes, I know he was impeached, but that was from being a judge. I am not sure what you are trying to say.

Col. B. Bunny · January 15, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Whether or not impeachment and conviction is a BoA it is pursuant to a constitutional procedure that is prescribed in the same document that also prohibits BoA. The Framers either didn't see the former as a BoA or allowed for one in the case of removal of officials.

Strictly speaking, voting for impeachment and conviction is a legislative act in the same way that making committee assignments or inviting outsiders to address a joint session are. However, it is not a "bill" on its way to becoming law. The English parliament could enact statutes without the assent of the king but here the proposed legislation (bill) must first be presented to the president.

Col. B. Bunny · January 15, 2021 at 5:19 pm

The proposed resolution is also not a bill. I presume a simple equal protection challenge would take care of any attempt to prevent entrance to areas open to other members of the public. The resolution wouldn't even amount to a regulation, however off base.

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