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San Diego Law Professor On Legal Aftermath of Washington Protests

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
California Western's Glenn Smith looks at issues arising from Wednesday's riot in Washington, D.C., including the use of the 25th Amendment or re-impeachment to remove President Trump from office.

The shocking events in Washington on Wednesday had politicians, pundits and the general populace wondering what happened and what happens next.

News and social media were peppered with questions about whether to call the melee an insurrection, a riot, terrorism, sedition, treason or merely a protest; whether President Trump himself is liable for charges of incitement to riot; and whether it is probable or even possible that he could be removed from office before his term ends on January 20.

Glenn Smith, a professor of law at California Western University School of Law, who's interest is in "the intersection of law, government and politics," talked with KPBS Midday Edition to explain legal definitions as well as the Constitutional issues arising yesterday and in the weeks leading up to those events.