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One of the 2 articles of impeachment against Trump points the way to disqualify him from running for president again

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If President Donald Trump were to be acquitted on articles on impeachment in a U.S. Senate trial and win reelection in 2020, he would be the first president in United States history to be impeached in the House yet win a second term. That’s one possible scenario, depending on what happens in a likely Senate trial and the 2020 presidential election. But journalist Lauren Frias, in an article for Business Insider, describes another scenario: Trump is removed from office by the Senate yet runs for president again anyway.

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Frias and her colleague at Business Insider, Grace Panetta, have pointed out that according to Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, Trump could theoretically be removed from office by the Senate — assuming the House of Representatives indicts him on either or both of the two articles of impeachment announced this week — yet would be eligible for reelection in 2020. Being impeached in the House and later removed from office in a Senate trial, under the U.S. Constitution, doesn’t automatically prevent one from running for president again.

But Frias points out that one of the two articles of impeachment that House Democrats have announced this week “nods to the 2020 election.”

That article, Frias reports, states, “Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

Here’s why the “disqualification” part is important, according to Frias: the Wall Street Journal has noted that preventing Trump from seeking reelection in 2020 — were the Senate to remove him from office — would require a second vote in the Senate. And while removal from office would require a two-thirds Senate vote, disqualifying him from running for president again would only require a simple Senate majority.

The Journal’s Rebecca Ballhaus reported, “Such a vote would mean that he wouldn’t be able to run for office again. Without it, Mr. Trump could theoretically be removed from office but still allowed to run for reelection.”

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Of course, it is most unlikely that a two-thirds majority in the GOP-controlled Senate will vote to remove Trump from office.

“While Trump is widely expected to be impeached over one or both of the two charges,” Frias explains, “he is far less likely to be removed by the Senate — which consists of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats.”

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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

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The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.

"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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