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I ask this because with the amount of information regarding Trump, and the probability of Russian meddling in the 2016 election (from the FBI, CIA and NSA), dated 6 January 2017....was there a possibility of holding up the inauguration until the matter was investigated? I can't believe there wouldn't have been a mechanism in place for such action, if needed.

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    -1 for assuming facts that we now know are without evidence. – EvilSnack Jul 10 at 1:47
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Section 1 of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows:

The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

This is completely unambiguous language. The change of power must occur at noon on January 20th of the appropriate year.

There is absolutely nothing that can be done to prevent or delay this except for another constitutional amendment to be passed to modify the 20th amendment.

Of course, if there were extremely serious concerns about the person to be sworn in, the Congress could prepare Articles of Impeachment and have them ratified by 12:01 on January 20th, effectively blocking that person from assuming the office of the Presidency.

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