Bloomberg Law
March 23, 2023, 8:27 PM

Trump Argues DOJ Wrong to Rebuff Immunity Against Jan. 6 Suits

Zoe Tillman
Zoe Tillman
Bloomberg News

Donald Trump urged a federal appeals court to disregard the Justice Department’s decision to reject his claim of absolute immunity against civil lawsuits seeking to hold the former president responsible for the Jan. 6 US Capitol attack.

In a brief filed Thursday, Trump’s lawyers wrote that the government’s position — that immunity couldn’t apply at this stage because he’s accused of inciting violence — was “irreconcilable” with US Supreme Court precedent and would open the door to future claims against sitting presidents.

The immunity carve-out that the Justice Department had proposed for presidential speech “has no underlying principle or ...

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