Bear with me for a moment before you starting shouting. First of all, even if there were incontrovertible proof that Russia interfered in our election to the extent that that the voting was hacked and/or changed, there is no legal remedy available under our Constitution to either declare the election invalid and hold a new one, or to award the election to Hillary Clinton. So please, put that pipe dream away.
The only election that counts in selecting our President and Vice President is the one held by the Electoral College. Originally designed by our Founding Fathers as a fail safe against electing an unqualified person to the highest office in the land, it obviously failed miserably this time. But that does not make the election any less valid.
But there is a scenario, albeit so improbable as to be next to impossible, whereby Hillary Clinton could become the 46th President of the United States. But several highly remote things have to occur to make it even remotely possible.
First, both Trump and Pence must be removed from office simultaneously – before they have the opportunity, under the 25th Amendment to name and have confirmed a new Vice President. In that case, the Speaker of the House becomes the next in line to succeed to the Presidency. Right now, and most likely for as long as the Republicans control the House of Representatives, that would be Paul Ryan.
But let us assume, for the sake of argument, that the Democrats regain control of the House in 2018. They would then select a new Speaker from their ranks. As it stands now, that would be Nancy Pelosi. Articles of Impeachment could be introduced against both the President and Vice-President simultaneously. Again, an extremely remote possibility. And a conviction of both of them would also require that the Democrats have gained a two-thirds majority in the Senate. Again, not likely.
But in the world of politics, one can always dream.
Now there is no requirement that the Speaker of the House has to be a member of Congress. So, theoretically, if it becomes likely (which is won’t) that Trump and Pence would be convicted, Pelosi could step aside and Hillary Clinton could be elected Speaker of a House. As the next in line, she would then become the next President of the United States.
This is taking the “what if” scenario far beyond what is likely or reasonable to expect. But for those of you out there still dreaming about Hillary replacing Trump in the White House, it is the only way it could happen under our Constitution.
And anyone who tries to persuade you otherwise is a blithering idiot. Also, it would be a good time for you to start increasing your meds.