Trump Appeals to Supreme Court to Overturn Colorado Ballot Exclusion: Legal Battle Intensifies Ahead of 2024

by Jessica

According to CNN. Former President Donald Trump is urging the US Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision that excluded him from the state’s ballot. Trump’s legal team submitted a brief arguing that the state court erred in its unprecedented decision last month. They contend that Trump is not subject to the relevant section and did not engage in insurrection. The team warns of potential chaos if other states follow Colorado’s lead in excluding the likely Republican presidential nominee from their ballots.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last month that Trump is constitutionally ineligible for the 2024 election due to his actions on January 6, 2021. The US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, with oral arguments scheduled for February 8. The Colorado ruling has been on hold, pending the US Supreme Court’s resolution.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP lawmakers filed a brief supporting Trump, arguing that the Colorado decision infringes on Congress’ power. They emphasize the need to overturn the ruling to minimize partisan motivations for excluding candidates under the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist ban.

A group of GOP secretaries of state from various states urged the court to prevent fellow secretaries from disqualifying candidates, warning of potential abuse without clear safeguards. Trump has been removed from the ballot in Colorado and Maine, with decisions pending resolution by the US Supreme Court. Judges nationwide are closely monitoring the case, with the Oregon Supreme Court dismissing a similar case last week, pending the outcome of the Colorado case.

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