Supreme Court to Hear 14th Amendment Case: Potential Bar for Trump from Primary Ballot

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Oral Arguments Set for Thursday as SCOTUS Weighs Colorado’s Decision

Supreme Court to Hear 14th Amendment Case Potential Bar for Trump from Primary Ballot 1

The Supreme Court is gearing up for a pivotal hearing this week concerning the 14th Amendment and its potential implications for former President Donald Trump’s candidacy. At the heart of the matter is Colorado’s move to disqualify Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot, citing his alleged involvement in the Capitol insurrection.

Trump’s legal team has adamantly opposed the notion of him being barred from the ballot, arguing that such a ruling would lead to chaos and trigger numerous other challenges to his eligibility for public office.

Former deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, who is also a legal affairs columnist for the LA Times and host of The Talking Feds podcast, provides insights into the key questions surrounding the 14th Amendment and its application to presidents. He emphasizes the significance of defining what constitutes insurrection and how it relates to Trump’s case.

Litman notes the textual clarity of the 14th Amendment and the historical context surrounding it, suggesting that the Supreme Court may find a basis for disqualifying individuals engaged in insurrection from holding public office, including running for president.

With the impending primary elections in Colorado and other states, there’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision. Litman anticipates a swift resolution, possibly before the upcoming Super Tuesday primaries on March 5th.

Meanwhile, Trump’s federal election interference trial, originally scheduled for March, faces delays pending a decision on his immunity claim. The timing of this decision could significantly impact the overall timeline of Trump’s legal battles.

In a separate development, concerns arise over the public perception of the Trump case in Fulton County, Georgia, where District Attorney Fani Willis disclosed a personal relationship with her special prosecutor. While there’s no legal basis for a conflict of interest, the revelation adds to the political intrigue surrounding Trump’s legal woes.

As the Supreme Court prepares to deliberate on Trump’s eligibility for the primary ballot, the legal and political landscape remains fraught with uncertainty.

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