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Running on empty: Senate Republicans ponder barring Donald Trump from seeking office again

Added 01-16-21 03:04:07pm EST - “The impeachment trial of Donald Trump isn't about removing him from the presidency ?" it's about preventing him from running for president again.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Running on empty: Senate Republicans ponder barring Donald Trump from seeking office again”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON – An impeachment trial of Donald Trump isn't about removing him from the presidency – his term ends Wednesday, either way.

Several senators, including Republicans, have noted that if they vote to convict Trump of inciting last week's attack on Congress, they could then vote to bar him from future public office, effectively nixing another presidential campaign.

"If the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., soon to be the new Senate Majority Leader.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the chamber's top Republican, made clear he is considering conviction, opening the door to an effective ban on Trump within the Republican Party.

"I have not made a final decision on how I will vote," McConnell said this week. "and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

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