Saving the Constitution isn’t unconstitutional

If we’re to believe Sen. Rand Paul, a proper reading of the Constitution means that former President Donald Trump cannot be punished for trying to usurp the Constitution.

That is the crux of the argument the Kentucky Republican made in his attempt this week to persuade the Senate that it should not conduct a trial on the article of impeachment against Trump. The former president is now a former president, Paul said, and thus beyond the Senate’s power to punish him for inciting the Capitol insurrection earlier this month. An impeachment trial, Paul said, “would try a private citizen and not a president, a vice president, or civil officer,” he said, and that “violates the Constitution and is not in order.”



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