Donald Trump faces three lawsuits on January 6

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Outgoing President Donald Trump delivers a speech on January 6, just before a mob of his supporters rioted inside the US Capitol. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) )

Rekindling the ex-president’s “unique game,” a federal judge launched three lawsuits seeking to keep Donald Trump civilly responsible for the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

“After reviewing the President’s Speech in full on January 6 and in context, the court concluded that the President’s statements that,”[W]i fight. We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’ll have no country left, ‘and'[W]I will try and give [weak Republicans] the kind of pride and audacity they need to take back our country, ‘immediately before exhorting the protesters to ‘walk down Pennsylvania Avenue,’ are justifiable incitement First Amendment protection”, United States District Judge Amit P. Mehta wrote in 112 pages rule. “It is reasonable that such statements are implicitly ‘intended to instigate or create impending lawless action and [were] capable of generating such action. “

Over a year ago, Rep. Bennie Thompson (T-Miss.) to sue Trump, his lawyer Rudy GiulianiThe Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers in a lawsuit alleging they “conspired to instigate a mob gathering to march and enter” the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Thompson filed a complaint. mine more than a month later in February. . 16, alleging that the former president, his attorney, and militia members acted chaotically to circumvent the President’s certification Joe Biden’s win.

Next litigation by Representative. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) And Capitol Police officers also allege that Trump instigated the attack, or—in the words of law enforcement officials—”command“Their attacks. Swalwell’s suit also has a name Donald Trump Jr. and Representative. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) As a defendant.

Giuliani and son Trump Jr. succeeded in refuting the claims against them.

Judge Mehta dismissed Brooks’ claim of immunity as a federal lawmaker — but invited him to file a motion to dismiss, which the judge said he “will accept.”

“The court is willing to bring up such a petition for the same reason that it dismisses all claims against Giuliani and Trump Jr.: Brooks’ remarks on January 6 were politically Amended speech. first sentence protects for which he cannot be held accountable,” Mehta wrote.

On a January hearing As for motives, Trump attorney Jesse Binnall, who led the failed effort to overturn the results of the Nevada presidential election, has advanced a theory that the president’s immunity could disqualify him from liability. a president for virtually any statement they will or may make.

“To deny the President immunity from civil damages is no small step,” Mehta wrote in Friday’s ruling. “The court understands the seriousness of its decision. But the alleged circumstances of this case are unprecedented, and the court believes its decision is consistent with the purposes behind that immunity. “

Mehta said that the central action of Trump’s case “has nothing to do with his duties to faithfully enforce law, conduct foreign affairs, command the armed forces, or administer the Branch.” executive. They are fully interested in his efforts to stay in office for a second term. ”

“These are informal actions, so the separation of powers concerns justifying broad Presidential immunity are not here,” continued Mehta.

This is an evolving story.

Read Mehta’s verdict below.

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Is there a trick we should know? Donald Trump faces three lawsuits on January 6

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