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Judge says Trump’s political actions around 2020 election not protected by ‘absolute immunity’

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C. told Donald Trump on Monday that he does not have “absolute immunity,” the former president claimed, in response to an early-stage lawsuit related to Trump’s actions around the 2020 presidential election.

Civil rights groups have sued Trump for attempting to disenfranchise voters. While Trump’s lawyers argue he cannot be held liable in civil suits due to presidential immunity, District Court Judge Emmitt Sullivan disagreed on Monday.

Sullivan simply allows the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Organization to rewrite their case against Trump. The judge has yet to determine whether Trump is actually responsible for what they claim.

Sullivan said Trump’s political conduct would not be part of his official duties, giving him less legal protection.

If former President Trump obstructed certification of the vote count, as prosecutors here allege, such actions would not constitute an executive action in defense of the Constitution. For these reasons, the Court has found that former President Trump is not immune from damages in this lawsuit,” Sullivan wrote.

However, Sullivan had harsh words about Trump’s response to 2020 and the 2022 election. Sullivan wrote that this combative response could show that Trump “continues to pose a significant future risk to plaintiffs’ basic right to vote.”

President Trump continues to spread false claims about the 2022 election and continues to try to pressure officials to overturn the election results: Prosecutors widely allege efforts by former President Trump and his allies as recently as March 2022 to get state officials to annul the election. consequences; to endorse and provide financial support to election candidates who endorsed his false allegations of voter fraud; All during a fundraiser for the 2024 presidential election. The allegations may contradict what the defendants call Trump’s “vague allusions to fear or intimidation,” the judge wrote.

Others, as well as civil rights groups, filed a lawsuit against Trump related to the lawsuit on January 6.

There is a separate but similar set of cases currently before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where Trump claims he has absolute immunity from actions he took while president. Oral arguments in this case are scheduled for the next week.

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