Article 1, section 3 of the Constitution says, “Judgement In cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office.”

On Jan. 27 Sen. Bill Cassidy apparently agreed and voted the trial to be unconstitutional. On Feb. 9 he flipped and voted the trial to proceed and to be constitutional.

I don’t think the Constitution changed between Jan. 27 and Feb. 9.

— Ron Chapoton, Hammond

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JeanneV

Your quote from the Constitution is incomplete. Article 1 Section 3 Clause 7 reads:

"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:"

That last section referring to "disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States" is the reason for the trial. Obviously, removal from office is moot. However, the question of whether or not he should be allowed to hold any office in the future, is both relevant and vitally important!

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