Trump Claims Presidency Makes Him Immune to Lawsuits
A man who has been accused in a lawsuit of assaulting a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville past year has filed a counter suit against the president, claiming that he would never have acted the way he did without Trump's "urging and inspiration".
April 16 (UPI) - Donald Trump can't be sued for inciting his supporters because the president is immune from civil lawsuits, his lawyers said in federal court filings.
Trump's team responded Friday to the protesters' federal lawsuit, saying he's immune as president from such suits.
In a March 1, 2016, rally in Louisville, Ky., he urged supporters to "get 'em out of here", referring to protesters.
Judge David J. Hale of U.S. District Court in Louisville ruled recently that the suit against Trump can proceed, finding it "plausible" that Trump's directions advocated the use of force.
A few weeks later, Nwaguma and two other protesters sued Trump, Bamberger and a third man, the white nationalist Matthew Heimbach. "The Trump defendants deny that Mr. Trump directed his statement to the crowd", the lawyers wrote.
Nwanguma, along with Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, allege they were physically attacked by several members of the audicence, including Bamberger. Video of the rally, Heimbach wrote, "features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour".
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But Trump's attorneys argued in a response to the suit that while he said "Get them out of here", he was not directing his comments to the crowd.
"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the attorneys wrote.
The case being pursued against Trump was lodged by a group of three protesters who were shoved, punched, and assaulted by a Trump mob during a rally in March of 2016.
"That is extremely significant", said Greg Belzley, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
As for presidential immunity, the Post reports that Belzley actually laughed out loud and noted a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that held President Bill Clinton could be sued over events that occurred before he took office. "It is fairly unusual to have a person who is engaged in violent misconduct ... actually point the finger at the person and identify the person who caused him to do what he did".
They also said they are preparing to put the president under oath as the lawsuit moves toward trial.
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