DENVER (AP) — Both a liberal group seeking to disqualify Donald Trump and the former president himself appealed a judge’s ruling Monday night that Trump “committed an insurrection.” January 6, 2021 but can remain on the state’s primary ballot.
The constitutional provision has been used only a handful of times since the years following the Civil War. It was created to prevent former Confederates from returning to government positions.
The Washington group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, which filed a petition on behalf of a group of Republican and independent voters in Colorado, argued that Wallace was wrong to rule that it was not clear the provision should apply to presidents. Trump, meanwhile, appealed Wallace’s finding that he had actually participated in an insurrection, questioning whether a state court judge like her, rather than Congress, should settle the matter.
The case is being heard by the state court’s seven judges, all of whom were appointed by Democrats.
Colorado officials have called for a final decision by Jan. 5, 2024, when they must complete their primary election. The next step after Colorado’s top court would be the U.S. Supreme Court, which has never ruled on Section 3.
Trump has called the lawsuits “election interference” by Democratic “dark money” groups.
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