A federal judge on Tuesday denied former President Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss three lawsuits filed against him by police officers injured in the Jan. 6 riots, dismissing his claim that he was “absolutely immune” to the claims.
The lawsuits, filed on behalf of four police officers, seek to hold Trump liable for emotional and physical injuries they suffered when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol and disrupted the vote count.
“In nearly identically worded motions, President Trump has moved that all three claims be dismissed for one reason: he is absolutely immune from charges because the actions complained of fall within the ‘outer scope’ of his responsibility as President,” Justice Amit Mehta wrote in his brief Verdict.
The judge noted that he had dismissed similar arguments made by Trump in other lawsuits filed Jan. 6 earlier this year. “The court is doing this again,” Mehta wrote.
That earlier ruling said Trump’s alleged actions in provoking the riots were “entirely concerning.”[ed] his efforts to remain in office for a second term” and “do not fall within the ‘outer fringe’ of a president’s official responsibilities,” Mehta reiterated Tuesday.
Trump’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the other cases, Trump is already appealing the judge’s February verdict.
In a brief filed last week, Trump’s attorneys asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to wrongly lead Mehta to conclude that courts should consider the substance of a president’s statements when deciding whether immunity applies. “Investigating the content of a tweet or speech constitutes an intrusion on executive power,” they said.
The former president’s attorneys claimed that by questioning the election results in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 and on the day itself, Trump exercised a president’s ability to use the bully pulpit and “introduced an open discussion and debate about.” the integrity involved was the 2020 election.”
Mehta noted that Trump’s actions “are not related to his duties to faithfully execute the law, conduct foreign policy, command the armed forces, or direct the executive branch. They solely concern his efforts to remain in office for a second term. These are unofficial acts.”
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