Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., is floating legislation that would ban former President Donald Trump from holding public office again under the 14th Amendment "for leading an insurrection against the United States," reports the Hill.
In a letter to Democratic colleagues soliciting co-sponsors for the measure, Cicilline previewed a draft of the bill and 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 14th 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," he added.
Trump, who has been impeached twice, on Tuesday announced that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. The House select committee continues investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Justice Department officials are weighing whether to issue criminal charges.
Cicilline served as an impeachment manager during Trump's first impeachment.
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