Appeals court ruling paves way for civil liability lawsuits against Trump for Jan. 6 riot

The thousands of protesters breached the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. during a “Stop The Steal” rally in support of President Donald Trump amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued an order that opens the floodgates for civil lawsuits against Donald Trump, seeking to hold him accountable for the violent and destructive events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

On Friday, three civil complaints against Trump tied to Jan. 6 were given the green light by the appeals court. As reported earlier by Law&Crime, Trump failed to meet his deadline at the Supreme Court to contest the civil lawsuits back in February.

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These appeals raise the same question that this court recently decided in Blassingame v. Trump. As a result, the merits of the parties positions are so clear as to warrant summary action. Blassingame held that former President Donald J. Trump lacks presidential immunity for actions that he took ‘in his personal capacity as presidential candidate’ as opposed to ‘in his official capacity as sitting President.’

Three lawsuits were given the green light to proceed on Friday. These include Marcos J. Moore v. Donald Trump, Bobby Tabron et al v. Donald Trump, and Briana Kirkland v. Donald Trump. It is worth noting that all of the plaintiffs in these cases are police officers who were present at the Capitol on January 6th.

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The plaintiffs are making separate arguments, contending that Trump violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. This particular law prohibits mob violence against federal officials. Additionally, several officers claim that Trump instigated the attack at the Capitol, resulting in both physical and emotional harm to them.

In his 2022 complaint against Trump, Capitol Police Officer Moore specifically claimed that Trump’s conduct over several months had incited the insurrectionists. According to Moore, Trump’s spreading of widespread lies about voter fraud and the alleged impact on the 2020 election outcome had fueled the actions of the insurrectionists.

According to Moore, his words sparked a powerful call to action.

On January 6, Moore received an unexpected call from his superior, instructing him to report to work. Although it wasn’t originally scheduled, Moore complied and ended up spending over 12 hours on duty that day. Throughout his shift, he found himself in a constant battle to protect the Capitol from the relentless onslaught of rioters. Notably, many of these individuals were affiliated with the extremist group, the Proud Boys, as highlighted in Moore’s lawsuit.

In his lawsuit, he seeks to hold Trump responsible for a wide range of offenses. These include allegations of directing assault and battery, aiding and abetting assault and battery, inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, and civil conspiracy.

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The post on Law & Crime reveals that the appeals court has paved the way for numerous civil liability lawsuits against Trump for his involvement in the events of January 6th.

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