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Trump asks to dismiss D.C. election interference charges, citing ‘presidential immunity’

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Kevin Breuninger@KevinWilliamB

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Key Points
  • Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to dismiss his indictment on election interference charges.
  • His attorneys claim Trump is “absolutely immune from prosecution.”
  • They wrote that the former president “emphatically denies” the indictment from special counsel Jack Smith charging him with conspiring to overturn his electoral loss to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures at a Manhattan courthouse, where he attends the trial of himself, his adult sons, the Trump Organization and others in a civil fraud case brought by state Attorney General Letitia James, in New York City, U.S., October 2, 2023. 
Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to dismiss his indictment on election interference charges, claiming he is “absolutely immune from prosecution.”

Attorneys for Trump in a court filing wrote that the former president “emphatically denies” the indictment from special counsel Jack Smith charging him with conspiring to overturn his electoral loss to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Their 52-page motion to dismiss the case argues that the Biden administration is prosecuting Trump for things he did as part of his official presidential duties, which are therefore protected by absolute immunity.

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