A Federal judge on Tuesday denied Donald Trump’s request to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by Capitol Police officers who were injured during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
That day, Trump sent a mob of his supporters to the Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory. In his motion, Trump claimed total immunity, suggesting that his his actions leading up to and during the January 6 riots are not subject to civil litigation because they “fall within the ‘outer perimeter’ of his presidential responsibilities.”
As reported by Politico’s Kyle Cheney, however, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta Mehta rejected Trump’s assertion. Mehta cited his own past rulings shutting down Trump’s motions to dismiss in which he held that Trump’s actions “entirely concern his efforts to remain in office for a second term,” and were not any part of his official duties as America’s commander-in-chief.
“Accordingly, President Trump’s motions to dismiss are denied,” Mehta concluded.
The former president has lost suffered a string of legal defeats this year related to his efforts to dismiss civil lawsuits against him, as well as his efforts to end a civil investigation into his business practices in New York.
Despite the court losses mount, Trump continues to insist that all the investigations are political “witch hunts” against him.
JUST IN: Judge Mehta has denied Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss three Capitol Police officer lawsuits against him, citing the same rejection of Trump’s “immunity” claim that Mehta rejected in February. pic.twitter.com/xu1Afghqso
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 2, 2022