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Sen. Angus King statement on Trump and Maine primary ballot

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In response to Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ move to block former President Donald Trump from the primary ballot, Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who is listed as a member of the Senate Democratic caucus, issued a statement in which he suggested that voters should get to decide the fate Trump’s presidential candidacy.

“Under the established Constitutional process, the Senate was called upon to determine this precise question in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in January, 2021. While I voted with a bipartisan majority to convict, the required two-thirds of the Senate did not do so,” King said in the statement.

While the House voted to impeach then-President Trump in the wake of the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot, the Senate vote — which occurred in February after Trump had already departed from office — fell short of the threshold necessary for conviction.

“Although I respect the Secretary of State’s careful process — which she was specifically required to undertake under Maine law — absent a final judicial determination of a violation of the 14th Amendment’s disqualification clause, I believe the decision as to whether or not Mr. Trump should again be considered for the presidency should rest with the people as expressed in free and fair elections. This is the ultimate check within…



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