US judge: Trump has no immunity, he can be sued for his role in the storming of the Capitol

US judge: Trump has no immunity, he can be sued for his role in the storming of the Capitol

Former US President Donald Trump during a speech at the White House in September 2020. A US judge may try the former president for his role in the storming of the Capitol Building.Reuters photo

Several members of Congress and the police have indicted the former president. They believe Trump is directly responsible for his supporters’ attack on the House of Representatives on January 6 last year. The judge, Amit Mehta, ruled that Trump took “actions wholly connected with his efforts to secure a second term in office” that day. In addition, Trump’s speech before the storm “can reasonably be interpreted as a call for collective action.” So presidential immunity does not apply.

“Denying a president’s immunity is not an easy decision,” Mehta said in a 112-page report. “The court is aware of the weight of this decision.”

Three lawsuits have been filed to hold Trump responsible for the storming of the Capitol. In addition, a special committee of the US House of Representatives is investigating his role. Hundreds of pages of documents, text messages and testimonies were confiscated for this purpose, despite Trump’s efforts to stop it.

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