Former federal judge Michael Luttig has asserted that the U.S. Supreme Court may soon determine whether Donald Trump can run for president in 2024.
Luttig anticipates that the Court will issue a decision on Trump’s eligibility “sooner rather than later,” potentially before the 2024 primaries commence.
There’s fervent debate among legal experts regarding Trump’s potential ineligibility, stemming from the 14th Amendment’s section 3. This provision, established post-Civil War, prevents anyone from holding federal office if they’ve sworn allegiance to the Constitution and later incited insurrection against it.
Some scholars point to Trump’s January 6 actions and his challenge of the 2020 election results as grounds for this amendment, arguing that he should be barred from a presidential run, told The Guardian.
However, there’s considerable ambiguity over whether Trump’s behavior can be termed as insurrection. The enforcement of this clause is unclear, leaving authorities uncertain about its implementation.
During a segment on MSNBC’s Velshi, Luttig opined that Trump’s eligibility is among the “most profound constitutional questions.”
On one side, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff firmly asserts that the 14th Amendment warrants disqualifying Trump from public office, stating it fits Trump’s actions perfectly.
Conversely, Trump’s supporters vehemently dismiss such accusations as mere “conspiracy theories,” countering claims by figures like Schiff and Sen. Tim Kaine. They believe this interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause distorts its meaning and disrespects the democratic choice of Americans.