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Jan 11 '21 at 21:42 comment added Will @MikeScott for an inauguration Congress would have to certify the results. That certification would surely be open to a SCOTUS challenge. Realistically there are obstacles way further back down the line affecting the individual electoral votes that Congress would be counting, and almost certainly they wouldn't make it onto enough ballots to be reasonably considered to be "running". Anyhow, I think my point is if the outcome you're inviting people to cast votes for is constitutionally out of the question I'm not sure it counts as running anyway.
Jan 11 '21 at 19:59 comment added computercarguy @Styxsksu, the Senate would have to be explicit about Trump not being able to hold public office again. If they just remove him from office, he could run again. politifact.com/article/2019/nov/06/…
Jan 11 '21 at 18:24 comment added Mike Scott @Will Inauguration, I would imagine. Whether the runner-up, Vice President elect or Speaker of the House would become President, I’m not sure.
Jan 11 '21 at 17:22 comment added Will @MikeScott at what point between "running" and "winning" would an ineligible candidate be stopped?
Jan 11 '21 at 15:07 comment added Mike Scott @Styxsksu Technically, I’m not sure that it can stop him from running. It can stop him from winning.
Jan 11 '21 at 14:57 comment added Styxsksu @MikeScott One of the biggest advantages of impeaching after the fact is it can stop him from running again.
Jan 11 '21 at 0:08 comment added Beginner Biker @Erik ... Politicians at the federal level in the US do not pay out of pocket to fund their campaigns. The corporate class, through SuperPacs, fund these campaigns and write it off as an expense. It's a corporatocracy, not a democracy.
Jan 10 '21 at 21:17 comment added Wossname All the plans for gaming this law surely miss the fact that congress can change the law (and maybe even make the change retroactive) if they're sufficiently annoyed by the gaming. If congress doesn't want [unnamed hypothetical President] to get the benefits, it is in their power to do so.
Jan 10 '21 at 18:47 comment added DKNguyen @Erik How much do they actually pay out of pocket to fund their campaign though? Isn't it mostly funded by errr...fundraising?
Jan 10 '21 at 11:21 comment added Erik @Michael pretty sure the cost of being elected is higher than the life-time payout of that fund.
Jan 10 '21 at 9:23 comment added Michael So a US president could resign after 1 minute in the office and still get all the benefits? Sounds like a nice plan for a rich and safe retirement with lots of traveling.
Jan 10 '21 at 7:40 comment added CDJB @MikeScott by my reading, the president would not have been removed from office by the impeachment process, so they would remain a former president by the definition used in para f.
Jan 10 '21 at 7:30 comment added CDJB @DrSheldon added a section on this :)
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Jan 10 '21 at 7:20 comment added Mike Scott What happens if the Senate doesn't get round to voting on the impeachment until after 12 noon on the 20th, so that his service in office ends normally but he is then retroactively convicted?
Jan 10 '21 at 7:15 comment added benrg @MarkRansom Subsection (g), providing $1.5 million annually for travel and security to former Presidents+spouses not under Secret Service protection, was added in a 1995 act that also limited Secret Service protection for former Presidents after Clinton to 10 years. In 2013, lifetime Secret Service protection was reinstated, applying retroactively to G. W. Bush, but subsection (g) remains. I think the only way to get that money now is to decline Secret Service protection.
Jan 10 '21 at 7:01 comment added DrSheldon What about funeral benefits (i.e. state funeral) for a former President?
Jan 10 '21 at 5:19 comment added Mark Ransom @DKNguyen unless the law itself included a provision for inflation, it wouldn't adjust except by passing a new law overriding the old amounts. And inflation wasn't a big concern in 1958. There's no possible way that the amounts set in 1958 would still be appropriate today, so it's definitely a mystery.
Jan 10 '21 at 2:40 comment added DKNguyen How do those amounts account for inflation?
Jan 10 '21 at 0:44 comment added JonathanReez Technically this means that a President could resign at the very last moment and still keep their benefits, since their office would be terminated voluntarily, similar to what Nixon did.
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