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Trump legal news brief: Trump tests two new election interference defenses

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The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that state election law does not prevent Donald Trump from being on primary ballots but made clear he could still be excluded from general election ballots.

This echoes a similar ruling in Minnesota but differs from Colorado’s decision to remove Trump from the ballot.

The legal battle involves a group suing to keep Trump off the ballot based on his actions during the Capitol riot. (Trending: Trump Releases Must-See TV Ad Ahead of 2024)

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch, wrote, “I would affirm the Court of Appeals’ ruling on this issue, which still allows appellants to renew their legal efforts as to the Michigan general election later in 2024 should Trump become the Republican nominee for President of the United States or seek such office as an independent candidate.”

Trump’s lawyers argued, “The structure of our government, the text of the Constitution and its early commentators, common-law immunity doctrines, our political history, the Supreme Court’s analogous immunity doctrines, and the policy considerations rooted in the separation of powers all dictate that no President, current or former, may be criminally prosecuted for his official acts unless he is first impeached and convicted by the Senate.”

Trump is also fighting an election interference case, arguing that he cannot be prosecuted for a similar crime for which he was acquitted.

The case is expected to reach the Supreme Court.

“Nor may a President face criminal prosecution based on conduct for which he was acquitted by the U.S. Senate,” added Trump’s team.

“The indictment against President Trump is unlawful and unconstitutional. It must be dismissed,” they continued.

“I was doing my duty as President to expose and further investigate a Rigged and Stolen Election,” wrote the former president.

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