Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Trump can be barred from running for president

Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Trump can be barred from running for president

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will review the Colorado Supreme Court's unprecedented decision to remove former President Donald Trump from that state's election.

The court on Friday evening, January 5, said it had scheduled oral arguments for February 8.

Trump remains on the primary ballot as the lower court ruling disqualifying him has been stayed pending Supreme Court action. If the judges conclude that Trump is ineligible for public office, then any votes cast for him will not count.

The high court's decision to hear the case puts the nine justices at the center of the 2024 election as voting begins in the early primary contests and represents the court's most significant involvement in a presidential race since its highly consequential ruling there. 23 years, in the case of Bush v. Bloody.

While the Colorado ruling applies only to that state, courts in several other states have also weighed in on challenges to Trump's eligibility, although no such case has gone as far as Colorado's, leaving

Last week, Maine's secretary of state removed Trump from that state's 2024 primary ballot, and the former president's team appealed the decision in state court on Tuesday. The Oregon Supreme Court could also soon rule on an attempt to remove Trump from the ballot in that state's primary and general elections because of his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

The Trump campaign said it welcomes a “fair hearing” at the Supreme Court into the Colorado election dispute.

“The so-called 'election challenge cases' are all part of a well-funded effort by left-wing political activists determined to prevent President Trump's legal re-election in November, even if it means disenfranchising voters,” the campaign said. spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement. “We are confident that the impartial Supreme Court will unanimously affirm President Trump’s civil rights and the voting rights of all Americans.”

Trump appealed the Colorado ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, a week after the state's Republican Party also asked the justices to hear the case. The stunning 4-3 ruling last month said Trump is constitutionally ineligible to run in 2024 because the 14th Amendment's ban on insurrectionists holding office covers his conduct on Jan. 6, 2021.

“In our system of 'government of the people, by the people, (and) for the people,' Colorado's decision is not and cannot be correct,” the former president's lawyers wrote in their petition to the court.

“The Colorado Supreme Court erred in the way it described President Trump’s role in the events of January 6, 2021,” they argued in the lawsuit. “It was not an ‘insurrection’ and President Trump did not in any way ‘engage’ in an ‘insurrection’.”

Trump said Friday night that he hopes the three justices he nominated to the Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — are “fair.”

“All I want is fair,” Trump said at a campaign event in Sioux Center, Iowa. “I fought hard to get three very, very good people. They are great people, very smart people.”


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