President Nancy Pelosi? Here’s how

A bit of history

Early in our nation’s history presidential succession presented some problems.

The original act of 1792 had the Senate president pro tempore and Speaker of the House in the line of succession.

In fact, before the Electoral College was set up, the President and Vice-president could be from different parties as happened to both Adams and Jefferson.

The modern succession was set in 1947 with the Vice President succeeding the President and putting the Speaker of the House third in line.

Michael J. Glennon in a Washington Post article is arguing Speaker Nancy Pelosi could end up President. Here’s his thinking:

If it proven that Donald Trump gained the Presidency through fraud or corruption, then even if Vice President Mike Pence did not know or precipitate in that, it follows that his election is also the result of that same fraud and corruption.

We already know the Russians interfered in the election. What happens if it is determined that Trump and his campaign actively colluded with the Russians to become President? Keep in mind that after Chris Christie was pushed aside Pence was the head of Trump’s transition.

Glennon isn’t the only one speculating that Pence could also be impeached. Googling “could Pence be impeached” results in over six million hits.

It would be wrenching to impeach both Trump and Pence, but would it be any more upsetting that the last two years?

Louis Harpster