Eric Thompson

Radical D.C. Appeals Court Rules Trump Can Be Sued For Jan. 6 Capitol Protests

A three-judge appeals court panel in Washington, D.C. on Friday ruled that presidential immunity does not prevent Capitol Police officers and federal lawmakers from suing former President Donald Trump over the Capitol riots of Jan. 6, 2021.

Trump legal team had argued that presidential immunity protected him from the civil lawsuits alleging he incited the riots.

The appeals court said he could still use that defense later in court, but his claims to presidential immunity would not prevent the lawsuits from moving forward at this point.

What about Trump’s other election-related cases? On Friday, Trump’s attorneys in Fulton County, Ga. argued that they should be granted access to information held by U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The former president’s team argued the information could be related to charges brought by Fulton County prosecutors. Fulton County prosecutors argued the two cases are separate but parallel. Trump’s attorneys also argue the indictment against him should be dropped, since it abridges his First Amendment right to make claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 election in Georgia.

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