Trump responds to insurgency trial by claiming immunity while president
The argument is the first time Trump has officially defended his actions in court since the insurgency, and reflects his continued pressure from supporters that he did nothing wrong and was deprived of a second term.
Trump argues in DC District Court that his bully message to his supporters at the January 6 political rally – encouraging them to oppose Congress to certify the vote – was a constitutionally protected act of the presidency .
In what has become a typical Trump rhetorical defense, his lawyer is also throwing beards at his political rivals, trying to equate the former president with Democrats.
The dossier defends Trump’s efforts to question election results after states certified their votes, comparing his surge of unsubstantiated fraud allegations to Stacey Abrams continuing his run for governor of Georgia.
His lawyer also suggests that if Trump were held responsible for the insurgency, Swalwell and the Democrats could be held responsible for the shooting of House Member Steve Scalise during baseball practice in 2017, or a neighbor who attacked Sen. Rand Paul, according to the filing.
“If similar lawsuits were brought on the basis of these incidents against Mr. Swalwell and his colleagues, they would inevitably make the same arguments, and rightly so.” In law, political speakers do not owe a legally enforceable duty of care to their opponents or others who may be in the path of passionate supporters, ”Trump’s lawyer wrote in court.