Former President Donald Trump and 18 others were indicted on August 14 on charges related to 2020 election subversion in the state of Georgia.
These state charges were brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, an elected Democrat who has been investigating Trump’s interference in the election since early 2021.Source: CNN
Two questions keep coming up: 1) could he serve as president if convicted, and 2) could he pardon himself?
The Constitution has very few requirements to serve as President….It does not bar anyone indicted, or convicted, or even serving jail time, from running as president and winning the presidency.Source: CNN
Most legal experts point to the 14th Amendment as a way to block Trump from serving: if he’s convicted of insurrection.
As for self-pardoning, well it’s never been tried before.
Self-pardoning remains an open question because no president has tried it. The Constitution, though, doesn’t expressly forbid it in writing.Source: CNN
If you’re keeping score, that’s 91 charges across four indictments.
Trump and other co-defendants were arraigned yesterday at the Fulton County jail in Atlanta. Trump’s inmate number is P01135809.
Shortly after getting his mugshot taken, he posted it on his old X (formerly Twitter) account.