Trump claims ‘absolute immunity’ in civil suits around January 6 actions

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Former President Donald Trump claims “absolute immunity” in all civil lawsuits related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump’s preliminary statement to court has been released, in which the former president’s legal team completely rejects the possibility of civil suits against Trump, citing presidential immunity.

“This appeal requires the adjudication of a simple but important constitutional issue related to the separation of powers: whether the scope of presidential absolute immunity continues to reach the outer limits of presidential responsibilities or whether immunity could be undermined if the presidential act in issue becomes unpopular with the judiciary,” the statement read.

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Trump’s legal team continued: “This question has already been answered by the Supreme Court, which ruled that immunity is rooted in the constitutional separation of powers, and it is especially important to the president because he deals with cases that are controversial and intense. evoke feelings .”

The Department of Justice is reportedly investigating Trump’s actions and correspondence in his investigation into his gut’s alleged attempts to undo the 2020 election.

In his preliminary statement, Trump claimed that a judicial review of the “executive position” would set a bad precedent for the future, allowing the three branches of the government to interfere and interfere with each other on ideological grounds.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.
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“In an increasingly polarized political environment, it is critical that the judiciary draws clear lines that it will not cross with regard to exceeding the regulation of executive function,” Trump’s statement read. “The underlying factual dispute regarding the January 6, 2021 Capitol violence arouses the passions of many Americans, including members of the bank and bar.”

The statement continued: “That is why it is especially important to prevent the Judicial Department from passing judgment on the political statements and discourse of the President of the United States.”

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The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the DOJ, before a grand jury, has asked witnesses about Trump’s meetings in December 2020 and January 2021, as well as his press campaign on former Vice President Mike Pence to undo the 2020 elections.

Former Pence assistant Marc Short attached to Fox News’ “Special Report” host Bret Baier that he had recently been interviewed by a grand jury in Washington, but would not specify the details of the interrogation.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2022.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2022.
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Asked whether impeaching a former president would cause further division in the country, Garland said the US Department of Justice will pursue justice “without fear or favour.”

“We intend to hold everyone, everyone criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, to account for any attempt to disrupt the lawful transfer of power from one government to another,” he said. “That is what we do.”

Bradford Betz of Fox News contributed to this report.

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