The Colorado case could keep Donald Trump out of the 2024 presidential election

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the House of Representatives in Washington, US, on February 28, 2017.
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  • A citizen watchdog group has filed a lawsuit to disqualify Donald Trump from running in Colorado.
  • The lawsuit has not yet been dismissed, despite Trump’s legal challenges.
  • If Trump’s latest motion to dismiss the lawsuit fails, the lawsuit could go to trial in late October.

A lawsuit to prevent donald trump to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado could go to trial at the end of October after a judge rejected three legal challenges from the Republican candidate.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal ethics watchdog organization, filed the petition in early September, arguing that the 14th Amendment would bar Trump from running for president because of his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The 14th Amendment has a section that specifies anyone who has “participated in an insurrection or rebellion” or has “given aid or comfort” to those carrying out an insurrection or rebellion insurrection cannot run for office.

According to CNNColorado District Judge Sarah Wallace wrote in a Friday night ruling that the legal questions of this lawsuit “would be best reserved for trial,” responding to arguments by Trump’s lawyers that the legal petition was procedurally flawed.

Trump previously tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, saying the case violated free speech laws. CNN reported.

A Trump spokesperson told Insider that the ruling was “un-American” and that the “decision will be overturned.”

“This Denver judge was wrong. She is the only judge in the country who has allowed these baseless claims to move past the motion to dismiss stage. It flies in the face of the clear weight of legal authority,” Trump’s spokesperson said.

The idea of ​​using the 14th Amendment to disqualify Trump through lawsuits emerged late last year when the former president announced a third run for office.

Section 3 of the amendment, which litigants hope to use to block Trump from running in Colorado, was adopted after the Civil war and mainly used to disqualify officials linked to the Confederation.

However, while the amendment specifically names congressional candidates and electors, it does not name presidential candidates as those who would be prohibited from holding office if they participated in an insurrection. Well-informed person previously reported.

This hasn’t stopped CREW and other groups from filing lawsuits to test the limits of the amendment. In Minnesota, another group, Free Speech For People, filed a similar lawsuit, and Trump’s lawyers asked for it to be dismissed. MinnPost reported. In Michigan, two cases, including one brought by the FSFP, are in their early stages and the presiding judge hopes to expedite them. Michigan live reported.

Judge Wallace has yet to respond to one more motion to dismiss the lawsuit, CNN reported, but if it is rejected, the case will go to trial on October 30.

Representatives for CREW did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

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