A CNN Op-Ed by Paul Callan details the highly unlikely scenario of how a Trump Impeachment could lead to a Pelosi Presidency.
The premise of the article is a “double impeachment” leading to Pelosi being next in line of succession.
One of the key reasons this scenario feels unlikely at the moment is few believe that even if President Trump is impeached by the House that 2/3rds of the GOP majority Senate would vote to convict and remove President Trump.
Nevertheless, the idea of a Pelosi presidency, taken away from both Trump and Pence, is likely going to be a tantalizing fantasy for many on the left.
Should Democratic efforts to remove Trump from office succeed, Pence would succeed to the presidency — under normal circumstances.
Both history and constitutional law, however, suggest that other successors to the office are possible. It all depends on the magnitude and nature of the “bribery” or other “high crimes and misdemeanors” that may or may not be established by congressional investigators.
More importantly, presidential succession, in this case, depends on (to paraphrase former Sen. Howard Baker in reference to the Watergate Investigation) what the Vice President knew and when he knew it. Specifically, was the vice president aware during his September 1 conference with Zelensky in Poland, that Trump had previously asked for a “favor” when discussing military aid and that the favor included a Ukrainian criminal probe of Joe and Hunter Biden. The political futures of Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi may well depend upon the answers to these questions.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com