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Trump is not immune from civil lawsuits related to Jan. 6, federal appeals court rules

A federal appeals court has ruled Friday that former President Donald Trump is not immune to facing civil lawsuits relating to the events on Jan. 6, 2021.

Sri Srinivasan, the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, wrote in a filing that Capitol Police officers and members of Congress who were at the U.S. Capitol that day have filed cases seeking civil damages “for harms they allege they suffered arising from the riot,” with the defendant in the lawsuits being named as Trump.

Srinivasan said Trump has moved in the district court to dismiss the claims against him, “including on grounds of a President’s official-act immunity from damages liability.” 

“The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints,” Srinivasan wrote. “We answer no, at least at this state of the proceedings.”

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