This could get interesting….
Let’s pretend for a moment that the document is genuine.
Here’s a little scenario of what could happen…
There are two main allegations contained within the document:
1- That the Russians have obtained compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.
2- That there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.
The first alligation puts Mr. Trump in the position of being able to be coerced or blackmailed by the Russians.
The second allegation certainly meets the standard of treason and those involved would be jailed.
If the information in the document is declassified within the next 10 days, it is almost a certainty that Donald trump will not be sworn in as the 45th President.
I’m not sure about Mike Pence, but it would also be doubtful that he would be sworn in as Vice-President as having gotten to that position via the tainted election.
So who would be President after January 20th?
Here’s what I came up with…
Article 2, section 1 of the constitution states that the President shall hold his office for a term of 4 years.
The 22 Amendment states that no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.
Here’s where semantics becomes a bitch. Where have we heard that word “shall” before? When Obama nominated a new Supreme Court Judge, the constitution states that the Congress “shall” advise and consent the nomination. As we found out, it doesn’t mean they have to, it just means they can.
I think the argument can be made here in that if there is not a legitimate replacement for the President, the current President can continue his term. The constitution states that he shall hold the office for four years, it doesn’t state that it ends after four years. This also meets the requirement of the 22nd amendment in that he is not elected to a third term, but is continuing his second term until a legitimate President can be determined.
As I said at the start, I’m just blue skying here. If anyone has a better insight as to what happens when someone is found to be ineligible to hold the office of the President after being elected to the office, I would love to know what it is (and I’m sure the majority of America would like to know as well!)