Donald Trump is only the fourth president to face a formal impeachment inquiry. It puts him in the company of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Yet, according to the Constitution, he could be removed from office and still be eligible to continue his presidential run in 2020.
This hasn’t been an issue in the past. Nixon and Clinton were both in their second terms. Johnson didn’t get his party’s nomination.
But for Trump, there is a possibility he could get kicked out of office now just to come back with a win in 2020.
When setting up America’s form of government, the Founding Fathers were careful to spell out the rules. They gave the “sole Power of Impeachment” to the House, and the “sole Power to try all Impeachments” to the Senate. They even made sure to block the President’s power to pardon from overturning an impeachment.
They specified the punishments the Senate was allowed to inflict which include “removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
However, they forgot to add a disqualification from holding future offices to the list.
To keep him from running for reelection, the Senate would have to vote to remove him from office and vote to disqualify him from future offices. It isn’t something that happens very often.
Besides the presidents listed above, there have been 14 other officials and judges tried by the Senate. Eight of those 14 were found to be guilty, but only three were disqualified from holding future offices.
Alcee Hastings was a Florida Federal district judge that was found guilty of perjury and conspiring to solicit a bribe. He was stripped of his robes in 1989, and he is currently serving in the House and representing Florida’s 20th congressional district.
So, yes, it is entirely possible to remove Trump from office only to have him reelected in 2020.