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FINALLY: Court Arguments Begin on Banning Trump From Ballot

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Hearings are beginning in Colorado and Minnesota on lawsuits that seek to prevent former President Donald Trump from running for the presidency again by using the “insurrection” clause of the 14th Amendment.

These lawsuits argue that Trump’s actions to overturn the 2020 election and the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualify him from holding public office.

The rulings in these cases are expected to be appealed and could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, which has never ruled on this provision of the Constitution. (Trending: Joe Biden Historic Take Down of Guns)

“We’ve had hearings with presidential candidates debating their eligibility before — Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, John McCain,” said Derek T. Muller, a Notre Dame law professor.

“Those legal questions are very heavy ones,” Muller said.

“Four years after taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution as President of the United States … Trump tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 election, leading to a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol to stop the lawful transfer of power to his successor,” alleges the Colorado lawsuit, filed on behalf of Republican and unaffiliated voters by the liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

“By instigating this unprecedented assault on the American constitutional order, Trump violated his oath and disqualified himself under the Fourteenth Amendment from holding public office, including the Office of the President.” (Trending: Donald Trump Is A ‘Cockroach’ That Just Won’t Go Away)

Legal experts consider these cases to be significant because they were filed by liberal groups with substantial legal resources and targeted states with a clear process for challenging candidates’ qualifications.

Trump’s lawyers argue that the clause does not apply to the presidency and that his actions were protected free speech.

The hearings may include testimony from witnesses of the January 6th attack, and the lawyers will delve into the history of the provision and its limited legal precedent.

“Trump’s comments did not come close to ‘incitement,’ let alone ‘engagement’ in an insurrection,” his attorneys wrote in a filing in the Colorado case.

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