Biden DOJ Implores Court To Allow Dems’ January 6th Lawsuit Against Trump To Proceed

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Thursday that former President Donald Trump can be held liable for the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to The Washington Post.

Two police officers, alongside 11 Democratic House members, filed a lawsuit against Trump alleging they have suffered psychological and physical damage in the aftermath of the Capitol riot. Trump stated multiple times, however, that he is covered by absolute immunity as he was on his official duties as president. (RELATED: ‘They Knew I Did Nothing Wrong’: Jan. 6 Committee Drops Subpoena Of Trump)

“Speaking to the public on matters of public concern is a traditional function of the Presidency, and the outer perimeter of the President’s Office includes a vast realm of such speech,” wrote the DOJ. “But that traditional function is one of public communication. It does not include incitement of imminent private violence.”

The DOJ agrees that Trump has some protection from the lawsuit but is not sure if whether Trump incited violence on Jan. 6, the New York Post reported.

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

An appeals court was unable to determine if Trump was technically doing his job on the day of the riot, where it has been alleged that he incited a violent mob with a political speech challenging the results of the 2020 election, according to the NYP.

“But because actual incitement would be unprotected by absolute immunity even if it came in the context of a speech on matters of public concern, this Court should reject the categorical argument President Trump pressed below and renews on appeal,” according to the DOJ.

The lawsuit cites a federal civil rights law, known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, that allows individuals to be charged for using violence to scare or prevent government officials from carrying out their duties.

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