According to the Justice Department on Thursday, former President Donald Trump can be sued for the Capitol riot on January 6th, as the radical leftist element within the DOJ continues to attack those who are in political disagreement with the current administration.
Attorneys who represent the DOJ Civil Division have filed a court brief as a response to the D.C. U.S. Circuit of Appeals that is asking the agency to issue a response to the former president’s claim of absolute immunity in his attempt to have the civil lawsuits brought against him tossed out.
“Speaking to the public on matters of public concern is a traditional function of the Presidency, and the outer perimeter of the President’s Office includes a vast realm of such speech,” government lawyers went on to write, according to the Daily Wire.
“But that traditional function is one of public communication,” they continued. “It does not include incitement of imminent private violence.”
“Two Capitol Police officers and 11 Democrats have sued Trump in an attempt to hold him liable for the events of January 6, 2021, when a crowd of people entered the U.S. Capitol, disrupting lawmakers who were meeting to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The plaintiffs include Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Maxine Waters (D-CA),” the report continued.
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“Looming large over the litigation is Trump’s speech at a rally on the White House Ellipse before the Capitol breach. Trump urged people to “fight like hell” over allegations of election fraud. And he remarked on supporters marching to the U.S. Capitol ‘to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,'” the Daily Wire said.
Notice how people ignore the fact that Trump clearly instructed people to fight in a legal manner, peacefully. He never encouraged people to get violent. That’s something that gets overlooked a lot in this whole mess.
“Trump’s lawyers argued their client was protected by his ‘ironclad presidential immunity as it relates to speechmaking.’ But U.S. District Court Judge Judge Amit Mehta ruled in February of last year that the lawsuits, which were consolidated into one case, could move forward as Trump’s message to supporters was ‘the essence of civil conspiracy.’ Trump’s legal team sought relief from the appellate court, which led to an invitation to the DOJ to weigh in on the question of presidential immunity,” the report added.
Lawyers for the DOJ stated on Thursday in the filing that the judge has concluded the complaints from plaintiffs “plausibly” allege Trump’s speech at the rally “precipitated” the riot.
“The United States expresses no view on that conclusion, or on the truth of the allegations in plaintiffs’ complaints,” the government lawyers remarked. “But in the United States’ view, such incitement of imminent private violence would not be within the outer perimeter of the Office of the President of the United States.”
“Trump and his allies face various other kinds of lawsuits stemming from January 6, the 2020 election, and beyond. There are also criminal investigations, including one being led by the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, and special counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed to the task by Attorney General Merrick Garland,” the report stated.
Trump himself has referred to the efforts to hold him responsible for this incident as a “witch hunt.”