Trump no longer has presidential immunity from lawsuits after Jan. 6, appeals court rulings

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FORT DODGE, IOWA – NOVEMBER 18: Former President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at Fort Dodge Senior High School on November 18, 2023 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The former President spoke on various topics related to the issues of his tenure and current events. (Photo by Jim Wondruska/Getty Images)


Ex President Donald Trump On January 6, 2021, the long-awaited U.S. Capitol was not exempt from liability in civil cases related to the riots. The result is the result From the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.

The decision to craft new legislation surrounding the presidency could have significant implications for several cases against Trump in federal court in Washington, D.C., related to the 2020 election. The decision stems from lawsuits brought by Capitol Police officers and Democrats in Congress.

The opinion, written by Chief Justice Sri Srinivasan, held that not everything a President does while in office is immune from liability.

The opinion states that the president “does not spend every minute of every day fulfilling official responsibilities.” “When he acts outside the functions of his office, he does not enjoy continuing immunity. … When he acts in an unofficial, private capacity, he is subject to civil suits like any private citizen.

The decision to allow the January 6 lawsuits against Trump to proceed was unanimous among three judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Greg Katsas concurred in the judgment, with Judge Judith Rogers concurring in part.

The decision allows three lawsuits against Trump from Capitol Police officers and members of Congress to move forward after recovering from the emotional and physical trauma of the attack.

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Complaints often rely on a federal statute that bars someone from federal office from conspiring.

Trump moved to dismiss the charges against the former president on several grounds, including presidential immunity, which the D.C. District Court rejected in the run-up to the riots at the U.S. Capitol as an attempt to stay in office. and not the official functions of his presidency.

The district court found that Trump was shielded by presidential immunity from claims that he failed to stop the riot, saying he would be acting in his official presidential capacity in that event.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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