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Trump hearing live updates: Justices signal potential support for Trump as hearing ends

Feb 08, 2024 11:09 PM IST

Donald Trump live updates: US Supreme Court to decide on whether Donald Trump can stay on ballot

In a crucial legal battle, Donald Trump's lawyers will present his case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, aiming to prevent his removal from state presidential ballots over his alleged involvement in the 2021 Capitol attack. The nine justices, including three appointed by Trump, are set to hear arguments on his appeal against a lower court's decision disqualifying him from Colorado's Republican primary ballot under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

TOPSHOT - Anti-Trump demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court as the court considers whether former US President Donald Trump is eligible to run for president in the 2024 election in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2024. (AFP)

The lower court found that Trump's participation in the insurrection violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding public office. Despite the significant implications for the November election,

Trump is not expected to be present at the 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) arguments. Instead, he plans to begin his day in Florida and later travel to Nevada, where a nominating caucus is being held on Thursday night, with Trump expected to secure a victory as he advances toward securing the Republican nomination for the November 5 challenge against Democratic President Joe Biden.

The case calls on the Supreme Court to play a central role in a presidential contest unlike any since its landmark Bush v. Gore decision that handed Republican George W. Bush the presidency over Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

The Dec. 19 ruling by Colorado's top court came amid a wider - and mostly unsuccessful - drive by anti-Trump forces to disqualify him in more than two dozen other states over his actions relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Maine also has barred him from its ballot, a decision put on hold pending the Supreme Court's ruling in the Colorado case.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 11:04 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Arguments conclude in Trump's case

    After two hours of deliberation, the hearing concluded with justices indicating potential support for Trump. The case's submission suggested a leaning towards backing Trump and rejecting the challenge to his ballot eligibility.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 11:01 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Defence of Trump's disqualification trial

    In defence of the trial leading to Trump's disqualification from the ballot, lawyer Jason Murray addressed concerns about fairness. Responding to Justice Kavanaugh's inquiry, Murray highlighted the trial's adherence to due process, despite dissenting opinions.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:57 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Kavanaugh questions Trump's disqualification

    During the hearing, Justice Brett Kavanaugh raised concerns about disqualifying former President Trump from the ballot. Kavanaugh pointed out that Trump hasn't been convicted of inciting insurrection, questioning the reasoning behind the move. He emphasized the importance of not disenfranchising voters.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:51 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Trump's lawyer aces tough questions in court

    Trump's attorney, Jonathan Mitchell, faced a barrage of questions in the Supreme Court. Justices probed the power of states to disqualify candidates and the definition of "officer" in the 14th Amendment.

    Mitchell argued that even if someone admits to being an insurrectionist, states lack the authority to act. The debate underscores the constitutional intricacies at play as the court grapples with Trump's candidacy.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:45 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Roberts questions key argument in Trump case

    Chief Justice John Roberts raised doubts about a main argument in the case involving Trump's eligibility. He suggested that the idea of states using the 14th Amendment to bar insurrectionists from the ballot clashes with its historical context.

    The 14th Amendment aimed to limit state power after the Civil War, not empower states to remove candidates. The case highlights the complex interplay between federal and state authority.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:39 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Over 1,000 convicted or pleaded guilty in Capitol Riot case

    Nearly 1,000 people involved in the US Capitol riot have faced the consequences for their actions. More than 1,300 individuals were charged, with over 930 convicted or pleading guilty. These include members of groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. T

    The longest sentence, 22 years, went to former Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio. Some are still being sought, like the person behind the pipe bombs placed near political headquarters. Justice is being served, but the search for accountability continues.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:27 PM

    Trump's lawyer argues January 6 as a "riot," not an insurrection

    Trump attorney Jonathan Mitchell asserted that the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack constituted a "riot," not an insurrection. Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned the applicability of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to Trump, emphasizing his unique position as the first president without prior governmental or military service.

    Sotomayor challenged the argument's legitimacy, suggesting it was tailored to benefit Trump. Despite the debate, Trump's lawyer defended the stance, rejecting any notion of manipulation in the legal interpretation.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:07 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Promising signs for Trump in Supreme Court arguments

    Early indications from Supreme Court arguments suggest a favourable outlook for former President Donald Trump. Several centrist justices posed questions supportive of Trump's position, particularly regarding an 1869 case central to the debate.

    While liberal justices raised tough queries, they focused on narrow aspects, potentially avoiding a broad assessment of the insurrection. Notably, discussions largely revolved around technicalities of the insurrection ban, with minimal emphasis on Trump's involvement in the events of January 6, 2021.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:56 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Senate Judiciary Chair calls for Justice Thomas's recusal in Trump case

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin stated that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from the 14th Amendment case involving former President Donald Trump. Durbin highlighted Thomas's wife's involvement in election-related efforts, indicating a potential conflict of interest.

    Democratic Senator Tim Kaine also expressed doubt about the court's impartiality. Durbin's remarks echo previous calls for Thomas's recusal, citing concerns over impartiality due to his wife's actions during the January 6 events.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:50 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Justices are grappling with potential impact of Trump ruling

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor raised crucial questions about former President Donald Trump's case. She asked if Trump's attorney's arguments might pave the way for a third term presidency and whether they solely aim to benefit Trump.

    Other justices also questioned the implications of the case on states' powers to exclude candidates from elections. It's clear the justices are considering the far-reaching consequences of their ruling.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:44 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Jason Murray the lawyer taking on Trump is a Supreme Court rookie

    Jason Murray, representing voters challenging Donald Trump's eligibility, makes his Supreme Court debut. Despite his rookie status at this level, Murray brings experience from appellate courts and a background in handling significant legal disputes. His past arguments in Colorado led to Trump's disqualification from the state ballot, showcasing Murray's legal prowess.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:40 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Gorsuch delves into "Officer" dispute in Trump case

    Justice Neil Gorsuch probes into the heart of the dispute surrounding the term "officer" in the context of barring insurrectionists from office. The disagreement centres on whether this ban extends to presidential candidates. While Trump's camp argues it doesn't, Gorsuch's questioning suggests a deeper examination of the issue is underway, echoing the stance of the majority in the Colorado Supreme Court.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:40 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Sotomayor highlights past disqualifications under the 14th Amendment

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out precedents where state officials were disqualified from public office under the 14th Amendment. This amendment disqualifies individuals who engage in insurrection from holding future public office, yet it lacks clarity on enforcement.

    Sotomayor's remarks underscore the ongoing legal debate surrounding the interpretation of terms like "insurrection" and the mechanisms for enforcing disqualifications outlined in the Constitution.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:22 PM

    Trump hearing live updates: Examining “Griffin's Case”: A look into historical precedents

    The debate surrounding Trump's case has led to discussions about "Griffin's case," dating back to 1869. In this historical context, Chief Justice Salmon Chase ruled that certain provisions related to insurrection couldn't be enforced without specific congressional action.

    Trump's legal team has referenced this case extensively, but its relevance is under scrutiny, given differing interpretations from previous cases. This historical reference sheds light on how the court grapples with novel legal questions.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:11 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Chief Justice Roberts challenges Trump's attorney on insurrectionist candidates

    Chief Justice John Roberts grilled Trump's attorney about whether election officials could bar a candidate who openly admitted to being an insurrectionist. Roberts questioned if state officials had the authority to deny ballot access to such individuals, showing scepticism about claims that they couldn't. This line of inquiry is crucial in determining the extent of state election officials' power regarding candidate eligibility.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:08 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Defining "Officer of the United States" crucial in Trump's case

    Donald Trump's lawyer, Jonathan Mitchell, emphasised the importance of understanding who qualifies as an "officer of the United States." Mitchell argued that this term specifically refers to appointed officials.

    The Supreme Court is not only examining whether Trump's actions on January 6, 2021, disqualified him from another term but also digging into technical questions, like whether Trump, as president, fell under this category. Trump contends that the term doesn't include the president himself, while opponents argue otherwise.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 09:04 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Trump absent from Supreme Court hearing but where is he?

    While the hearing that will decide his eligibility for the ballot is taking place, Trump is not at the Supreme Court today. Instead, he'll be giving remarks from Mar-a-Lago before heading to Nevada for GOP events.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:57 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: "The Colorado supreme court’s decision is wrong," says Trump's lawyer

    Jonathan Mitchell, representing Donald Trump, wasted no time asserting his stance as the Supreme Court commenced hearings on the case. Mitchell firmly stated, "The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision is wrong and should be reversed for numerous independent reasons."

    In a tight 4-3 vote, the Colorado Supreme Court ousted Trump from the state's presidential ballot, a decision Trump is actively contesting. With this pivotal appeal underway, the US Supreme Court faces the weighty task of considering Trump's eligibility in multiple states where similar challenges persist.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:48 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Supreme Court begins hearing, Trump's lawyer takes the floor

    Chief Justice John Roberts has officially opened the session, kicking off proceedings for case no. 23-719, Trump versus Anderson.

    Taking the floor first is Jonathan Mitchell, representing Trump. Mitchell is renowned for his involvement in controversial legal battles, notably crafting a Texas abortion law allowing private citizens to enforce restrictions through civil lawsuits.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:40 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: What happens if Trump gets kicked off the ballot?

    The US Supreme Court is gearing up for a landmark hearing on Donald Trump's eligibility for the 2024 presidential elections. The focal point of the debate is Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which could determine Trump's fate in the political arena. As the nation awaits the court's decision, legal experts caution about the potential ramifications of barring Trump from the race.

    The implications of such a decision extend far beyond Trump himself. His supporters may react strongly to any ruling that prevents their preferred candidate from running.

    Read the full story here.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:27 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Explaining the Insurrection Clause - What does it mean for Trump?

    The Supreme Court's decision on whether Donald Trump can run for president again depends on an interpretation of the rarely-invoked "insurrection clause" in the 14th Amendment. This clause prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding office. But with sparse precedent, the justices face the challenge of deciphering its implications for Trump's eligibility.

    It reads:
    "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability."

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:13 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Security beefed up ahead of verdict

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:09 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Trump says it will be 'bad for our country' if ...

    Ahead of the crucial verdict on his candidature former President Donald Trump expressed urgency for a "powerful decision" from the US Supreme Court. In an interview on "The John Fredericks Show," Trump asserted that the case amounted to election interference and emphasized the significance of upholding the people's votes. He claimed that it would be “bad for our country” if the court didn’t rule in his favor.

    He stated, "It's about the vote and it's about our Constitution," highlighting the potential negative impact on democracy and the country if he were disqualified. Trump underscored the inappropriateness of such a move and suggested that those opposing him might be driven by personal animosity.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:04 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: 4 key things to know about the hearing today

    High-Stakes Hearing: The Supreme Court is conducting a crucial hearing this morning to determine Donald Trump's eligibility to run for president in the 2024 election. This comes after Colorado removed him from the state's primary ballot due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.

    Legal Background: The Colorado Supreme Court, in December, ruled that Trump is ineligible for the presidential candidacy under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. The amendment disqualifies public officials who have "engaged in insurrection." Trump appealed this decision, and the lower-court ruling is on hold pending Supreme Court action.

    Landmark Election Case: The Supreme Court's decision to hear this case places the nine justices in a pivotal role in the 2024 election. It signifies the court's most significant involvement in a presidential race since Bush v. Gore 23 years ago.

    Trump's Legal Challenges: This case is just one of several legal challenges faced by the former president as he pursues another term. The hearing coincides with Nevada hosting its GOP caucuses, where Trump is anticipated to secure a victory.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:01 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas facing pressure to be recused

    Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has faced pressure to recuse himself from the Colorado ballot case from liberals who have seized on his wife’s conservative activism and efforts to reverse the 2020 election results.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:58 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Trump's Legal Challenges

    This case is just one of several legal challenges faced by the former president as he pursues another term. The hearing coincides with Nevada hosting its GOP caucuses, where Trump is anticipated to secure a victory.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:57 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Landmark Election Case

    The Supreme Court's decision to hear this case places the nine justices in a pivotal role in the 2024 election. It signifies the court's most significant involvement in a presidential race since Bush v. Gore 23 years ago.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:57 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Legal Background

    The Colorado Supreme Court, in December, ruled that Trump is ineligible for the presidential candidacy under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. The amendment disqualifies public officials who have "engaged in insurrection." Trump appealed this decision, and the lower-court ruling is on hold pending Supreme Court action.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:56 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: High-Stakes Hearing

    The Supreme Court is conducting a crucial hearing this morning to determine Donald Trump's eligibility to run for president in the 2024 election. This comes after Colorado removed him from the state's primary ballot due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:55 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Trump's defence

    Trump's lawyers have argued that he is not subject to the disqualification language because a president is not an "officer of the United States." They claim the provision cannot be enforced by courts absent congressional legislation, and that he did not engage in an insurrection.

  • Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:53 PM

    Trump verdict live updates: Democrat supporters gather outside Supreme Court

    Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the white marble courthouse on a sunny and chilly winter morning. Some held signs reading, "Failed Coup," "Remove Trump" and "Trump is a Traitor."

    Police set up barricades around the courthouse for security.

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