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Trump declines to seek Supreme Court reversal of immunity ruling

via Fox News

Donald Trump decided not to appeal a recent court ruling rejecting his claim of absolute presidential immunity from civil lawsuits over his actions while in office.

This allows several lawsuits stemming from the January 6th attack on the Capitol to move forward with a limited fact-finding phase regarding Trump’s role and whether his activities that day were official or political in nature.

While Trump’s campaign indicated he may revive the immunity argument later, for now the unanimous appeals court decision that his remarks before the attack appeared aimed at reelection rather than official duties will stand.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign, said, “President Trump will continue to fight for Presidential Immunity across the spectrum.”

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrote, “From these alleged facts, it is at least plausible to infer that, when he called on rally-goers to march to the Capitol, the President did so with the goal of disrupting lawmakers’ efforts to certify the Electoral College votes.”

“The Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and others who forced their way into the Capitol building plainly shared in that unlawful goal,” the judge’s ruling continued.

The Supreme Court is already considering other cases that could impact Trump, including whether he can be declared ineligible to run or face criminal charges related to January 6th.

The civil immunity fight has been pending the longest but will now continue at the lower court level.

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