Court in D.C. denies Trump’s motion to dismiss Capitol storming case

The Federal Court of the District of Columbia rejected the motion of former US President Donald Trump, who demanded the termination of the case on the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is evidenced by the documents posted in the electronic database of the court.

Trump, who is accused of trying to retain power despite his defeat in the presidential election, filed a motion seeking to dismiss the case on the basis of his immunity from prosecution. He also filed a motion to dismiss the case on the basis of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees, among other things, freedom of speech and assembly.

As noted in the ruling by Judge Tanya Chatcan, who presided over the trial, “Trump’s four-year tenure as commander-in-chief does not confer on him the right to avoid criminal liability.” “Holding the former president criminally liable at the federal level is key to fulfilling our constitutional obligation to provide equal justice under the law,” the judge pointed out.

“For the reasons stated, the court denies both motions,” the judge concluded.

U.S. Special Prosecutor Jack Smith announced on Aug. 1 that he had filed four counts of indictment against Trump. He is actually charged with attempting to illegally retain power despite losing the 2020 election. The maximum penalty for the most serious of the crimes Trump is charged with is 20 years in prison.

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