Injured Capitol Police officers and Democratic lawmakers involved in the uprising on January 6, 2021, have the right to sue the former president.
In a current federal court dispute examining the boundaries of executive authority, the Justice Department said on Thursday that Capitol.
Although a president has a lot of legal leeways when speaking to the public about pressing issues, according to the department, “no aspect of a President’s official responsibilities involves inciting impending private violence.
Such behavior violates the President’s statutory and constitutional obligations by definition.
The Justice Department’s Civil Division attorneys filed the brief, unrelated to a separate criminal inquiry by a department special counsel into whether Trump can be charged criminally for attempting to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election before the Capitol incident.
The attorneys state they are not endorsing any theory of possible criminal responsibility for Trump or anybody else.
Last year, a federal judge in Washington rejected Trump’s attempts to have the conspiracy lawsuits brought by legislators and two Capitol police officers dismissed.
The judge’s decision stated that the former president’s statements “plausibly” caused the incident on January 6, 2021.
The U.S. In his decision, District Court Judge Amit Mehta stated that Trump’s remarks at a rally before the violent storming of the U.S., “Words of provocation not protected by the First Amendment,” were probably used in Congress.
The lawsuits claimed that Trump and others made “false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendant’s express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S.” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, and later joined by other House Democrats, filed the lawsuits. Capitol.”