Trump Faces More Legal Trouble: Civil Lawsuits Over Jan. 6 Riot Can Advance, Judge Rules

April 18, 2024

A federal judge on Thursday denied former President Donald Trump’s bid to pause three consolidated civil cases stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, adding to the GOP presidential nominee’s legal battles as his New York criminal trial gets underway.

The lawsuits, brought by a group of Democrats in Congress and Capitol Police officers, may advance, federal District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled, rejecting Trump’s request for a stay in the cases pending the result of a criminal election interference case against him in Washington, D.C.

Plaintiffs in those suits are seeking to hold Trump liable for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in 2021, and while Trump had previously attempted to have those cases thrown out, that bid was also rejected by a federal appeals court in December, and again by Mehta in February, with Mehta ruling Trump’s claim of presidential immunity was “misleading and wrong as a matter of law.”

Bugs Marlowe

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