Some Democrats are holding out hope that the Russia investigation yields actionable results which would cause Donald Trump to either resign from office, or be removed by impeachment. Taking that a few steps further, one constitional law professor has laid out a path which would remove Trump, and eventually work down the chain to install a President Hillary Clinton in his place.

Newsweek has summarized these five simple steps that seem totally plausible if the planets align, pigs fly, and Trump gives up twitter:

Here’s how constitutional law expert Lessig lays it out:

If number 1: If Trump is definitively found to have colluded directly with Russia, he would be forced to resign or be impeached.

If number 2: If Trump is removed, Vice President Mike Pence would become president.

If number 3: If Pence becomes president, he should resign too, given that he benefited from the same help from Mother Russia.

If number 4: If Pence resigns before appointing a vice president, Ryan would become president.

If number 5: If Ryan becomes president, he should do the right thing and choose Clinton for vice president. Then he should resign.

Alright, let’s play along with the game. Let’s say we get to step number 3, for example. Does anyone really believe that unless Pence is tarnished that he would simply resign? I’m certain he would stay put since that is how the typical succession would go. The professor argues that Pence garnered equal advantage from any Russian meddling since he’s the sitting VP, and he didn’t get there unless Trump won, and in this scenario, Trump won because of Russia. So, therefore, the professor thinks Pence would resign.

I think the buck will stop at step 3, but let’s proceed. Let’s say Trump resigns, and then Pence assumes the presidency. He would have to select a VP, and then that VP would be next in line. But alright, let’s say Pence assumes the presidency and resigns immediately leaving Paul Ryan as President Ryan.

Surely, if that happens, Paul Ryan wouldn’t be resigning or going anywhere. Republicans would not simply give up the executive branch. In fact, most Republicans would probably fight tooth and nail to keep Pence in place, but they’d surely fight harder for Ryan. In fact, there are several Republicans, mostly in the Senate, who loathe Donald Trump enough that they’d probably prefer he did step down and give it to Pence or Ryan.

So even following those scenarios, the stretch to get to Pence as president is long, and the stretch to get to Ryan as president is even longer. But beyond that, the stretch from Paul Ryan to a President Hillary Clinton may be a bridge too far.

If the Trump-Pence-Ryan trifecta doesn’t happen, Hillary can always run again in 2020, despite what she says.


  1. Horse droppings – someone needs to tell this cretin that impeaching someone doesn’t remove them anyway.

  2. What is this guy a professor of, WISHFUL THINKING? I’ll bet that he helped the Wicked Witch co-write her flop of a book What Happened. This moron should write another book titled WISHFUL THINKING.?

    Leave it to the DUMBOCRATS to try to take from others something they were too inept to acquire in the first place.?

    • Add this Correction To Your Post: Clinton’s book about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump, in the first three days, sold more than 300,000 copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-book and audio, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book set a company record for weekly digital audio sales and sold more e-book editions in a single week than any nonfiction release from the publisher since Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs in 2011.

      Whether you like her or not, it is foolhardy to call Hilary Clinton a moron. You are so busy making up coarse, insulting names and posting emoticons that you neglect to see the damage it is doing to your own credibility.

      • I probably never had any credibility in your eyes, so it matters little what you presently think. As far as Billarys book being such a best seller, the numbers you quoted for sales, were all sales to Democratic fish.?

        I guess the purchasers were the same ones who were foolish enough to vote for her. Of course I am not including the dead who voted for her in that group.?

        Hope you like the emoticons.?

        • There is a big credibility gap in what you write and what really happened.

          In an ABC News interview Trump claimed that there is a problem with people voting “twice.” “You have people registered and voting in two states,” Trump said. “They’re registered in New York and New Jersey. They vote twice.” Was Trump talking about his own people? Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon was registered in two states, as was Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnucin. Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, as well as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, were improperly registered in two states.

          The burden of proof lies with the person making the claim. And Trump still has offered no evidence to support his contention that “millions” voted illegally. Also, offering no valid case of a dead person rising to vote.

          Party affiliation is not required for any book purchase.

  3. Nate, Nate, Nate, Nate. 5 easy steps or 5 ridiculous steps.

    Your smart enough to know that the election is over. Over. That weird so called constitutionalist doesn’t have a clue.

    Hillary was fired and only the perverted Hollywood elite really care. They probably bought those 300,000 books you mentioned.

    The dems just can’t stop whining. Poor babies.

    But then Bushy boy can’t stop crying either.

    • I used the terms like “simple” in a sarcastic way. None of these steps are “simple” or “easy.” It’s blatantly unrealistic, but it’s entertaining.

  4. Former President George W. Bush may have shed a tear or two for America on the Inauguration day of Trump but he isn’t finished yet, He delivered a harshly worded speech in New York this week in which he condemned the divisive actions of Donald Trump. It was very clear who George W had in mind when he said: “Our identity as a nation—unlike many other nations—is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.”

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