Civil cases brought against former President Trump over the Capitol insurrection are testing a startling point: that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 may fall under presidential immunity.
That immunity is specific to civil liability — not criminal, or political for that matter.
But a recent hearing in the three cases — brought by Capitol police officers and members of Congress over the Jan. 6 attack — explored the issues at length, with U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta for the District of Columbia repeatedly saying that he found the case extremely hard to decide.
Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) brought two of the suits, with Capitol Police officers bringing a third.
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