July 17, 2018

No, that's not what Article II Section 4 says

There's a meme going round facebook that claims the following about the US Constitution:

Article II Section 4: If the President is impeached for treason, the Vice President and all civil officers shall be removed.

That's really not what it says, as you can easily check for yourself (or think about- what would it mean for "all civil officers" to be removed?). In fact, it says:

The President, Vice President and all civil officers shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

IANAL, but that sure looks like all of them are eligible for the penalty, i.e. if any of them are convicted of treason (etc), then that one also gets removed from office.

Please don't forward around memes just because you wish they were true!

"With absolutely no understanding of how narrative, plot, character development, or exposition work, Rand produces fiction that sounds like it was written in Urdu and translated into English with the least reliable free online translator available." --Ed, ginandtacos.com

Posted by blahedo at 8:54pm on 17 Jul 2018
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