After FBI agents searched the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort, many wondered if Trump is finally going to be held accountable for his alleged litany of criminal and/or anti-constitutional acts. As it became likely that Trump violated the Espionage Act when it was revealed that not only were some of the documents classified, some may have contained top-secret nuclear information, some speculated that Trump may be facing prison time. Many of Trump’s supporters are worried that Trump would then not be able to run for President again in 2024.
Not to worry, says Fox New’s blowhard Sean Hannity, who suggested that even if Trump goes to prison, he can still run.
On Friday’s episode of The Sean Hannity Show, the host tried to alleviate the fears of MAGA world about their dear leader:
“What do you think the next thing that happens here is, do you think that they would try and indict the former president in the hopes of convicting him and having him in jail at the time of the next election to prevent him from running. Because a conviction by the way, constitutionally, would not prevent him from running for office.”
Whether or not this statement is accurate, and it’s pretty debatable, Trump is clearly in serious trouble. Marc Elias, a big time lawyer who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign pointed out on Twitter that by illegally taking classified documents down to Mar-a-Lago, Trump may have violated U.S. Code Title 18, Section 2071, which states that anyone “having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
That didn’t seem to phase Hannity either, as he continued:
“You know, this code that is being cited by Marc Elias and all these other people negates the very enumerated qualifications in the Constitution, and the specific requirements for somebody not to be eligible to run, and that would be impeachment and conviction. It doesn’t mention anything about being, you know, maybe not following every single dotted ‘I’ and crossed ‘t’ in the Presidential Records Act of the National Archives Act.”