May 23, 2022

Federal judge rejects Trump’s request to dismiss January 6th lawsuits

More than a year after it happened, Democrats are still trying to make hay over the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Former President Donald Trump is still at the center of it all as they’re afraid of a potential 2024 presidential bid.

A federal judge rejected Trump’s request to dismiss the lawsuits against him stemming from the incursion at the U.S. Capitol last year, Fox News reported. Trump’s legal team asserted immunity due to his position as president at the time, which the judge denied.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta issued a 112-page ruling to this effect Friday. Mehta, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, said Trump’s speech that day was “akin to telling an excited mob that corn-dealers starve the poor in front of the corn dealer’s home,” making him responsible for their actions.

“To deny a President immunity from civil damages is no small step,” Mehta wrote. “The court well understands the gravity of its decision.”

“But the alleged facts of this case are without precedent, and the court believes that its decision is consistent with the purposes behind such immunity,” he said. “After all, the President’s actions here do not relate to his duties of faithfully executing the laws, conducting foreign affairs, commanding the armed forces, or managing the Executive Branch,” Mehta continued.

“They entirely concern his efforts to remain in office for a second term. These are unofficial acts, so the separation-of-powers concerns that justify the President’s broad immunity are not present here,” Mehta wrote.

The judge focused on his contention that Trump’s actions could have amounted to incitement to the people who would later storm into the Capitol building. However, he stopped short of pinning the same on the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., or his personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, whom he said were protected under the First Amendment.

Trump would have to request the right to appeal the decision if he desires. However, if Mehta’s decision stands, the lawsuits could go forward that will include the former president and as many as 11 House of Representatives members and two Capitol police officers, as well as some of Trump’s most intimate confidants.

It may be difficult to prove that Trump somehow orchestrated the events of Jan. 6, but that doesn’t mean the left won’t try. They’re afraid Trump might try to run again in 2024, and with such unpopular Democratic candidates as President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris, they’ll need to pull out all of the stops against him.

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