Trump Can Be Sued Over Jan. 6 For Now, Appeals Court Says – By Josh Kovensky (TPM) / Dec 1, 2023
An appellate court unanimously found on Friday that Donald Trump can face civil lawsuits over claims that he incited violence on Jan. 6, allowing cases to go forward while permitting Trump to re-raise immunity defenses down the line.
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump’s actions before and during the Capitol insurrection were not eligible for the immunity which protects presidents from civil liability.
The panel limited their ruling somewhat, allowing Trump to raise his argument that he was acting as president on Jan. 6, and not as a private citizen, later on in the case.
But the ruling is a victory for plaintiffs in three separate cases seeking to hold Trump civilly accountable for egging on an angry mob to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to block Joe Biden from being certified as the winner of the 2020 election.