Headline RoundupDecember 2nd, 2023

Federal Court Says Trump Not Immune In January 6 Case

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Friday, a federal judge rejected Former President Donald Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in his January 6 insurrection court case.

The Details: Trump claimed immunity for his remarks made at the Capitol before the attack on January 6, 2023. U.S. A three-judge panel on the D.C. appeals court ruled that his actions were part of his re-election campaign which was “not an official presidential act,” making him subject to civil suits like any private citizen. The court also rejected Trump’s argument that his second impeachment (which claimed Trump incited insurrection) and subsequent acquittal meant he couldn’t be prosecuted in the case.

For Context: Trump faces four felony charges in the case, which he pleaded not guilty to in August. In November, a judge in Colorado ruled that Trump did incite an “insurrection” but should not be removed from the states’ primary election ballots, because of ambiguity on whether a 14th amendment clause applies to the president.

Key Quote: Sri Srinivasan, the Chief Judge of the D.C. appeals circuit wrote,  "The district court largely rejected his claim of immunity, and President Trump now appeals. The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints. We answer no, at least at this state of the proceedings."

How The Media Covered It: The Hill (Center bias) included context that the judge who wrote the ruling was an Obama appointee.

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