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Disqualification from office is point of Trump impeachment | READER COMMENTARY

A hearse leaves the Capitol with the cremated remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick after he was lying in honor at the U.S Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
A hearse leaves the Capitol with the cremated remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick after he was lying in honor at the U.S Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP) (Kevin Dietsch/AP)

Scott Stantis’ recent editorial cartoon misses the point of Donald Trump’s second impeachment (”A righteous waste of time,” Feb. 3). If removal from office upon conviction was the only punishment, it would indeed be an exercise in futility (aside from the shame), because he is already out of office.

However, the Constitution provides another possible punishment upon conviction: Article I, Section 3 states “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States....”

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Disqualification from holding federal office in the future is what is driving this action.

Robert Gross, Pikesville

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