(TheRedWire.com) – Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers have been arguing against the attempts to remove him from the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado and have even suggested that according to the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection wording, the clause would not be applicable to the U.S. President.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group and GOP figures filed the original lawsuit claiming that the actions Trump had taken on January 6, 2021, in the Capitol attack, had violated the 14th Amendment’s Section Three and he should therefore not be allowed to run for the White House again.
The section explicitly blocks anyone “engaged in the insurrection” from holding office after swearing an oath of office to support the U.S. Constitution.
In the lower court ruling by Judge Sarah B. Wallace, it was noted that while Trump had indeed “engaged in insurrection” on the day of the attack, he should still be allowed to participate in the primary ballot in Colorado, as the Amendment does not specifically refer to preventing people from running for the White House.
In their appeal against the lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers noted that the section in question specifically did not apply to the U.S. president as he technically never had to swear an oath to support the U.S. Constitution. Instead, Trump had sworn during his inauguration to “preserve, protect and defend” the U.S. Constitution. They noted that the president is also not an “officer of the United States,” and the section explicitly excludes him.
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