President Trump faces the challenge of staying in power until the last day of his term, January 20, with an impeachment effort gathering momentum on Capitol Hill and the possibility of Vice President Pence and members of the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment for removal. What could Trump lose if he does not complete his term? Possibly a lot, depending on how and when you go. While the impeachment of a US president has never happened and would raise unprecedented legal questions, here are answers to some questions about what could happen.
What could Trump lose by being impeached and removed? Much
What benefits do former presidents receive? According to the National Taxpayers Union, the government spends about $ 4 million a year on various benefits and subsidies for the four living former presidents. Those benefits include: pensions equal to the annual pay of a White House cabinet member ($ 221,400 in 2021) beginning six months after leaving office, a government allowance for an office, staff and equipment; reimbursed travel expenses of up to $ 1 million annually for the former president and up to two employees; spouses can pay $ 500,000 for travel; lifetime security services provided by the Secret Service; health benefits through the government’s Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but only if they had five years of federal employment (Trump, like Jimmy Carter, would not qualify with just four years of civil service); funerals with all the honors and the option of being interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Would Trump lose those benefits if he is charged and convicted? Probably, although maybe not all. Under the Ex-Presidents Act of 1958 (FPA), which created many of the ex-presidential benefits, presidents removed by impeachment are not eligible. But the NTU noted that the 10-year limit for post-presidential Secret Service protection was increased to lifetime protection in 2013 and the legal language did not include a ban on benefits for defendants and ousted former CEOs. In particular, the FPA only renders convicted presidents ineligible – accused but not convicted presidents remain eligible. And with his language that presidents still get benefits if they leave office “other than by impeachment” through the impeachment clause of the United States Constitution, it is not clear that a condemned but post- White House would lose the benefits. Would Trump lose benefits if he resigned before being removed from office? Probably not. The Congressional Research Service in a 2016 report pointed to the precedent for Richard Nixon, the only president to step down. “However, following a 1974 precedent set by the Justice Department regarding President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office, a president who resigns before his official term expires will be entitled to the same life pension and benefits as they are authorized for a president who completes his term. Former President Nixon, therefore, received a pension and other benefits, “says the report. Have legislators contemplated changing the post-presidential benefits? Presidential, sponsored by Republican Rep. Georgia Jody Hice and passed in the House in October 2019, would limit the pension to $ 200,000 annually, with cost-of-living allowances and cut the allowance for office and staff space, phasing it out. for every dollar a former president earns over $ 400,000. The Congressional Budget Office expects the majority to a of future former presidents reach that threshold and the bill would save $ 2 million over four years. But the law would apply to future former presidents, and therefore would not affect Trump. Will Donald Trump Get a Presidential Library? Maybe. Every president since Herbert Hoover has had a presidential library, intended to be a repository for his official documents and a scholarship center. But the construction of the libraries is financed by private and non-federal sources and their operations financed in part by donations, for which Trump would have to raise funds. “Once completed, the private organization handed over the libraries to the National Archives and Records Administration for operation and maintenance,” according to the NARA website.