In a one-page unsigned order, the court docket scheduled oral arguments for February 8. Moreover, the court docket ordered Trump to submit a quick in assist of his choice by January 18 and a response temporary by January 31.
Earlier than the court docket agreed to listen to the case, Democrats from the Home of Representatives wrote to Justice Clarence Thomas, asking him to recuse himself from this situation. The letter asserts that Thomas’ “spouse’s intimate involvement in Mr. Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election and to hinder its certification” ends in partiality. The letter additionally cited to the court docket’s not too long ago adopted code of ethics.
The Colorado Supreme Courtroom barred Trump from showing on the state’s major poll final month, saying he’s disqualified from holding workplace below Part 3 of the US Structure’s Fourteenth Amendment. This modification was added to the US Structure after the Civil Struggle to forestall Confederates from returning to their former authorities workplaces. Part 3 states that anybody who has “engaged in rebel or revolt in opposition to the identical [the US Constitution], or given assist or consolation to the enemies thereof” is disqualified from holding elected workplace. The court docket mentioned that this is applicable to Trump as a result of he engaged in rebel following the 2020 election, culminating within the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, and that Part 3 applies to the presidency as a result of it’s an workplace of the USA that features an oath to guard the Structure.
A number of weeks after the Colorado court docket’s choice, police arrested a person who allegedly broke into the Colorado Supreme Courtroom, discharged a weapon and set a small fireplace. Regardless of the timing, Colorado State Patrol mentioned in a information launch to the press that there was a “excessive chance” that the incident was not associated to threats made on Colorado Supreme Courtroom justices relating to the presidential poll choice.
Maine additionally removed Trump from its 2024 poll final week. Trump subsequently appealed that call on Tuesday. Moreover, Massachusetts voters filed an objection on Thursday to the state official liable for overseeing elections, looking for to take away Trump from the state’s 2024 Republican major poll.
The query of Trump’s eligibility for workplace following January 6 is taking heart stage because the US enters a presidential election yr and amid Trump’s quite a few authorized battles, together with an indictment associated to his 2020 election interference. Though the query falls largely alongside partisan traces, some liberal critics oppose Trump’s elimination from the poll and a few conservative authorized students support it.