On Monday, Washington, D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan sided with the NAACP, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, and others and ruled against 45th President Donald J. Trump’s “absolute immunity” claims regarding a challenge to the 2020 presidential election results. Sullivan claimed Trump’s conduct after the 2020 election was “purely political and therefore well beyond the contours of presidential immunity.” The organizations that filed the suit argued that Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) conspired to disenfranchise voters.
“If … President Trump disrupted the certification of the electoral vote count, as plaintiffs allege here, such actions would not constitute executive action in defense of the Constitution,” Sullivan wrote. “For these reasons, the court concludes that … President Trump is not immune from monetary damages in this suit.”
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Sullivan allowed the plaintiffs to file an amended complaint, and issued a strong condemnation of Trump for posing “a very substantial risk in the future to plaintiffs’ fundamental right to vote.”
“The court concludes that plaintiffs’ allegations support severe, substantial harm from former President Trump’s ongoing and continued efforts to intimidate officials, spread false claims of fraud, and imperil the right to vote,” Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan added, “The court is also cognizant that the individual plaintiffs are Black voters who are particularly targeted by … President Trump’s baseless allegations of election fraud.”