[Ed. – Oddly, Mr. Lessig acknowledges that there’s no mechanism in our law for a new election, if Trump is removed for conspiring with Russia — but then suggests a path for Hillary to step into the Oval Office for which there is also no mechanism. It seems mechanisms are where you want to find them. Newsweek went to this guy for reassurance that his absurd scenario is still possible. It’s hard not to conclude these people are mentally ill.]
Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School, penned an essay for Medium in October outlining a series of hypothetical scenarios that could take place should the ongoing probe find that the Trump campaign actually conspired with Russia to influence the results of the election.
If Trump did conspire with Russia, the president “should resign, or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached,” Lessig wrote in his essay. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to either resign or get impeached, which would make House Speaker Paul Ryan the president of the United States, Lessig wrote at the time.
Given that there is “no mechanism in American law for a new election,” nor “a mechanism for correcting the criminal results of the previous election,” Ryan ought to nominate “the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President,” Lessig went on to say.