Legal defeats for Trump in Washington

Multiple lawsuits are ongoing against former US President Donald Trump; Trump suffered two defeats on Friday. The judge in Washington overseeing his federal lawsuit over attempted election fraud has denied Trump’s request to dismiss the case. The Republican justified this with presidential immunity. Trump also failed in another lawsuit in Washington with his immunity argument.

An appeals court here ruled that civil lawsuits against the 77-year-old for the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol can proceed. Trump supporters stormed the parliament building in Washington. Congress met there to formally certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Trump had previously provoked his supporters in a speech. 5 people lost their lives as a result of the riots.

Some members of the Capitol Police and Democratic members of Congress later sued for damages. Trump requested the dismissal of the cases and defended presidential immunity here. The court rejected this application but did not decide on the admissibility of the cases.

“The immunity issue depends on whether President Trump made his speech on January 6 officially or privately,” the government said. “Today we finally clarify this question.” So the last word may not have been said here.

Meanwhile, Trump’s lawyers defended the former US president for the first time at the hearing on charges of election interference in Georgia. Trump himself was not present at the meeting in Atlanta on Friday. Trump lawyer Steve Sadow called a possible trial during next year’s election campaign “election interference” and called for the charges to be dropped. The public prosecutor rejected the allegations.

Trump wants to return to the White House after next year’s elections. The hearing concerned, among other things, the start date of the main trial.

In Georgia, Trump was indicted along with 18 other defendants for his attempts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Some of Trump’s former associates reached agreements with prosecutors and pleaded guilty during this process.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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