Colorado voters tell Supreme Court Trump ‘sworn-breaking rebel’ is not qualified to hold office


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage during a rally at Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs, October 18, 2016.

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Colorado voters who say former President Donald Trump should be barred from office because of his role in the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Friday have urged the Supreme Court to kick him off the Republican primary ballot in their state.

Trump “intentionally organized and incited a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in a desperate attempt to prevent the electoral votes being counted against him,” the voters’ attorneys said in a lawsuit. New brief.

“By leading this attack, Trump has engaged in rebellion against the Constitution,” the lawyers wrote.

The case addresses whether Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which bars those who have “participated in insurrection” from holding federal office, applies to Trump.

The court will hear oral arguments on February 8.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against Trump in December 19 The decision was immediately appealed by Trump. The ruling will remain pending while the Supreme Court hears the case, meaning Trump will remain on the ballot before the Republican primaries, which will be held on March 5.

The case raises several legal questions that have not previously been decided, including whether the constitutional language applies to those running for president and who has the right to decide whether someone has participated in the insurrection.

In Trump Your summary On January 18, his lawyers outlined several reasons on which they believe the Colorado court’s ruling was wrong, saying the ruling against the former president would “unleash chaos and pandemonium.”

Among other things, they cite language in the constitutional provision in question that says it applies only to a person seeking to serve as an “officer of the United States.” They argue that the president is not an officer of the United States.

They also argue that Trump did not “engage in insurrection” and that only Congress can enforce the provision in question.

“The Court must quickly and decisively bring an end to ballot disqualification efforts, which threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

In a brief on Friday, the challengers said Trump’s legal position was “less legal than political.” Seizing on the “pandemonium” note, the lawyers said January 6 was indeed proof of what Trump is capable of.

“Section 3 is specifically designed to avoid giving oath-breaking insurrectionists like Trump the ability to unleash such chaos again,” the lawyers wrote.

The legal challenge was filed on behalf of six Colorado voters, four of whom are Republicans, by the left-leaning government watchdog group. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington And two law firms.

The issue will be closely watched, not least because other states could follow suit if Trump starts polling in Colorado.

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