Trump impeachment intended to keep him from seeking presidency again, Dems acknowledge


While some members of Congress have claimed that President Trump's impeachment and swift conviction are necessary to keep him from serving out the final days of his term, others have acknowledged that they are focused on keeping him from ever running again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor before the vote on impeachment that Trump "must go" and that he is "a clear and present danger," but remarks from her colleagues indicate they are concerned about what they view as a potential future threat.

"One of the other purposes of impeachment, in this case, is to make sure that President Trump is not able to run for federal office again, that he’s not able to seek the presidency," Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told CNN's "State of the Union" that the Constitution "talks about conviction, removal, and disqualification from holding further public office." Both Raskin and Castro are House impeachment managers.

Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., who claimed that Trump needed to be removed immediately, acknowledged that there is another motive behind impeaching him.

"Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger not just to t... (Read more)

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