Judge questions disgraced former president’s “absolute immunity” claim vs. Capitol riot lawsuits

Source: The Hill

“A federal judge on Monday questioned former President Trump’s claims of ‘absolute immunity’ in the face of a trio of civil lawsuits accusing him of fomenting the Capitol riot last year. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta appeared skeptical of Trump’s argument …. Trump is seeking to have the suits dismissed, arguing that the comments he made during the rally are protected from civil action because he was carrying out the normal duties of a president, namely speaking to his supporters about government issues, and that allowing judicial intervention over that conduct would disrupt the office of the president. But the plaintiffs argue that Trump’s alleged incitement of his supporters was delivered as a candidate making a campaign speech and thus falls outside of the immunity afforded to a president’s official duties.” (01/10/22)