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Court proceedings begin regarding Trump as insurrectionist

Published on 2023-10-30 17.43

Former US President Donald Trump leads opinion polls on who Republican voters want to see as the party's presidential nominee before the 2024 elections. The photo is from last Sunday.

The first of several court cases has been launched to determine whether an 1866 law prohibits former US President Donald Trump from running for the White House.

This concerns Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits persons who support rebellion from running for elections.

In Colorado, the Crew (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) previously filed a lawsuit demanding that Trump be banned from running for office in the state, citing the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Court proceedings began on Monday with a week of hearings. Monday’s testimony began with details of the January 6 storming of the US Congress aimed at preventing Joe Biden from being officially declared the winner of the election.

– We are here because Trump claims, after all this, that he has the right to become president again. Our Constitution, our nation’s Common Charter, says he can’t, said attorney Eric Olson, who represents a group of state electors trying to keep Trump off the ballot.

Similar attempts have also been made in other states, and on Thursday a lawsuit will begin in Minnesota with the same issue.

Trump calls the lawsuits “election fraud,” and his lawyer Scott Gessler on Monday called the whole thing “anti-democratic.”

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