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Trump plans to seek Supreme Court review of Jan. 6 civil cases in another push for immunity

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Donald Trump plans to ask the Supreme Court to hear his claim that presidential immunity should shield him from civil suits related to the Jan. 6 riot, his attorneys said in a court filing Monday.


A federal appeals court last month ruled that the former president was not automatically entitled to immunity from a civil lawsuit seeking to hold him responsible for “physical and emotional injuries” sustained by two U.S. Capitol Police officers during the 2021 attack on the Capitol.


Trump’s filing on Monday requested that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., wait before sending the case back to the lower court in order to give him time to appeal to the Supreme Court. The filing asks the court to wait until Feb. 15, and said the plaintiffs agreed to the delay.


“This is an extraordinary question of law—concerning a question of absolute presidential immunity from civil liability for the actions of a former president during his term in office—that must be resolved before this case, and several other cases revolving around the same question of law, can be resolved,” the filing said.