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Indicted, But Not Incapacitated: Trump’s Legal Woes And Presidential Aspirations

The four indictments against Donald Trump range from financial malfeasance to obstruction of justice. These indictments cast doubt on his 2024 presidential candidacy.

Only three requirements for the presidency are listed in the Constitution: natural-born citizen, 35 years old, and US resident for 14 years. An indictment or conviction does not exclude someone from these requirements.


There is a significant dispute regarding whether Congress might ban criminal convictions from running for president. The 14th Amendment says no one “shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

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Some legal academics believe this section prohibits presidential candidates who have been convicted of a criminal that compromises the voting process. It is unknown if the courts would sustain this view.

The courts will likely determine whether Donald Trump may run for president in 2024. Although he is not constitutionally forbidden from running, his indictments may hurt his electoral prospects.

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