Impeachment is a political act
It's not just about the president's job : What Trump would have to do without everything in the event of impeachment
Nine days before Joe Biden is sworn in as President of the United States, the Democrats have initiated impeachment proceedings against future ex-President Donald Trump. The charge: "Incitement to rebellion" in connection with the storming of the Capitol last week. Trump would be the first US president in history against whom two impeachment proceedings were opened.
But why the effort? After all, he is leaving office on January 20 anyway. Is the impeachment process still worthwhile so shortly before the end of his presidency?
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And how. For one thing, Trump would be blocked for future government offices. This would also prevent him from running again in the 2024 presidential elections. For that reason alone, impeachment would be more than a symbolic act.
In addition, he would miss out on a number of payments. The Former Presidents Act, a US federal law from 1958, regulates the salaries and other benefits former Presidents of the United States receive.
He would have to forego the following amenities from this law in the event of a successful impeachment:
- As a former president, Trump actually receives a lifelong pension. This is around $ 219,000 per year.
- Usually, ex-presidents get paid for travel too - up to a million dollars a year can be spent on it.
- Trump's predecessors all got an office and staff. For around $ 96,000 a year.
- Ex-presidents also have the right to be treated in the military hospital. You also get lifelong health insurance.
- The state bears the cost of physical protection by the Secret Service.
But since Trump is known to be a wealthy person, the travel allowance and the pension will matter less to him than the blocking for further offices.
In any case, he loses his immunity when he leaves the office of President. He could then be prosecuted for his role in the storming of the Capitol. One way or another, his behavior in connection with the incident was damaging his reputation.
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