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Trump Doesn’t Deserve Immunity in Jan. 6 Lawsuits, DOJ Says

  • Trump wants claims brought by Democrats, police tossed out
  • Case on appeal after DC judge rejected Trump immunity defense
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The Justice Department says Donald Trump is not entitled to absolute immunity against civil lawsuits seeking to hold him liable for the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6 because he’s accused of inciting “imminent private violence.”

Government lawyers agreed with Trump that presidents are entitled to robust protections against being sued over their official duties. But in a newly filed court brief, they disagreed that the allegations in the Jan. 6 cases against the former president entitle him to immunity at this stage. They didn’t take a position on whether he should ultimately win or lose on the merits.