Trump Asks Appeals Court for Immunity From January 6 Civil Suits

  

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Via:  jbb  •  3 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   Cheryl Teh (Business Insider)

Trump Asks Appeals Court for Immunity From January 6 Civil Suits
In February, a federal judge ruled that Trump could be sued over the Capitol riot, a decision the former president is appealing.

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  • Trump is trying again to get absolute immunity from civil lawsuits related to the Capitol riot.
  • Trump's team filed an application on July 27 to appeal an earlier court decision.
  • The February judgment ruled that Trump could be held liable for wrongdoing in civil suits.

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Former President Donald Trump is trying once again to get a court to grant him absolute immunity against civil suits related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Filing in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday, Trump's team appealed for the reversal of US District Judge Amit Mehta's February decision.

Mehta's ruling stated that Trump could be held civilly liable in lawsuits related to the Capitol riot.

Noting the repeated use of the word "we" in Trump's statements, Mehta said that this implied that Trump and rally-goers would have been "acting together toward a common goal" on January 6, 2021.

"That is the essence of a civil conspiracy," the judge wrote.

The filing by Trump's team was first shared by Politico reporter Josh Gerstein in a tweet on Wednesday night.

In the filing, Trump's lawyers argued that there are existing means of punishing a president for bad behavior which don't involve civil suits.

Citing impeachment as an example, they wrote that a "Democratic-controlled House" had already taken Trump to task for the riot, claiming that any further lawsuits would amount to harassment. The Senate acquitted Trump in a 57-43 vote.

They also stated that "hyperbole about the violence of January 6" should not undermine Trump's protection from legal action as a former president.

"President Trump is shielded by absolute presidential immunity because his statements were on matters of public concern and therefore well within the scope of the robust absolute immunity afforded all presidents," Trump's team stated in the filing.

The former president's lawyers also stated that Trump wants wants oral arguments in the case to answer the "important constitutional question" of whether he has absolute immunity.

The application comes amid a Rolling Stone report that Trump believes running for president in 2024 will grant him legal immunity. The former president is currently facing multiple legal troubles including investigations into his company's finances.

He could also face a Department of Justice investigation into his role in the Capitol riot. This notion was raised again last week when Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the DOJ was looking to hold to account all who are "criminally responsible" for the riot.


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
JBB
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2  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

Chutzpah? No, Trump is just GUILTY and a lying coward. Lock him up!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @2    3 weeks ago

Behind bars and stripped of every single asset from these civil suits.

Sounds good to me!

 
 
 
JBB
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2.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    3 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
bugsy
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2.2  bugsy  replied to  JBB @2    3 weeks ago

What charges have been filed?

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  bugsy @2.2    3 weeks ago

Don't you understand the difference between civil and criminal?

Perhaps you should start there. This is about people suing him...

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    3 weeks ago
Trump is just GUILTY

Did you not say this^^^? Perhaps you should rethink prior to chastising others.

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.2.2    3 weeks ago

If Trump is not guilty why is he petitioning for immunity?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.2.4  Ozzwald  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    3 weeks ago
Don't you understand the difference between civil and criminal?

Always amazes me how some of the commenters here seem completely unaware of even the most basic concepts of the AMERICAN legal system.

 
 
 
bugsy
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2.2.5  bugsy  replied to  JBB @2.2.3    3 weeks ago
If Trump is not guilty why is he petitioning for immunity?

If you were accused of a crime, especially from nobodies like many that post on here, or national talking heads on discredited left wing outlets, wouldn't you want the pestering and harassment to stop accusing him of committing crimes?

We understand most on the left are unable to get Trump out of their heads. TDS must really be a horrible disease (is it?)

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.2.6  Tessylo  replied to  Ozzwald @2.2.4    3 weeks ago

We know what tds stands for here - trumpturd d... suckers

 
 
 
bugsy
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2.2.7  bugsy  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.6    3 weeks ago

Another one fully engulfed in the real TDS affliction.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

Trump has not been indicted, charged, or tried for any criminal acts....only accused of such.

 On what basis would a civil suit proceed....as it relates to the events of January 6th

 
 

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