A Federal Judge Rejected Trump’s Request to Discard 3 Lawsuits Against Him by Capitol Police

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  • A federal judge rejected Trump’s claim that he is absolutely immune to civil lawsuits related to the Capitol riot.

  • The same judge previously rejected a nearly identical claim of immunity that Trump had filed to fend off other civil lawsuits.

  • Judge Amit Mehta wrote that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 related to “his efforts to remain in office for a second term.”

A federal judge Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s request to quash three civil lawsuits in which Capitol police officers allege the former president is responsible for the injuries law enforcement sustained during the January 6, 2021 attack.

In seeking the resignation, Trump’s lawyers said he was absolutely immune to civil lawsuits related to the Capitol riots because he acted within the “external boundaries” of his presidential duties.

But U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta declined to dismiss the lawsuits on those grounds, noting that he had previously dismissed a nearly identical claim of absolute immunity that Trump raised in response to other civil lawsuits filed by House Democrats and two Capitol police officers. .

Mehta, an Obama appointee, wrote that “the court already rejected President Trump’s claim of immunity” in Blessingame v. Trump, in which U.S. Capitol police officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby sued Trump for damages related to injuries they sustained during the riots had erupted.

“The court is doing that again,” Mehta continued. “The court is not unnecessarily repeating its reasoning here, but simply adopts it and incorporates it by referring,” specifically that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 “fully relate to[ed] his efforts to remain in office for a second term” and therefore do not fall within the “external bound” of a president’s official responsibilities.”

“Accordingly, President Trump’s motions to reject are being rejected,” Mehta wrote.

Mehta’s ruling came a week after Trump asked a federal appeals court in Washington DC to grant him immunity from civil lawsuits, alleging his fiery January 6 speech incited the crowd that stormed the Capitol. In a 48-page dossier, Trump’s lawyers said Mehta had let the civil lawsuits against the former president go ahead out of a distaste for Trump’s January 6 speech, in which the then president encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell.” “.

Trump’s attorneys argued that the former president’s immunity cannot be “undermined if the presidential act in question is unpopular with the judiciary.”

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