Former US President Donald Trump could be sued by congressmen and policemen injured in the storming of the Capitol, the US Justice Department has said. He is not protected by executive privilege because calling for violence is not part of the president’s official duties.
In this opinion, the department sided with the federal court, which decided that it could initiate proceedings against the former president at the request of injured policemen and congressmen.
Trump appealed the verdict to the appellate court, which asked the State Department for a legal opinion on the matter.
He urged supporters to “fight like hell”
The Department of Justice indicated in a court document Thursday that it did not take a position on whether Trump’s speech encouraged riots in the Capitol, Reuters said.
At the same time, the Ministry’s experts decided that Trump could not take advantage of the immunity known as the privilege of the executive branch.
“None of the presidential official duties includes calling for violence by private individuals. By definition, such behavior clearly goes beyond the constitutional and statutory duties of the president,” reads the legal opinion of the ministry.
Trump earlier appealed the sentence of a federal District judge Colombia Amity Mehty, who argued that the president’s conduct before the attack on the Capitol was an incitement to violence and could not be protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and therefore those injured during this assault could sue Trump.
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