WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears a landmark case Thursday on whether former President Donald Trump may be kicked off the Republican primary ballot in Colorado because of his actions to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Oral arguments before the nine justices begin shortly after 10 a.m. and could last several hours.
The case could have broad implications if Trump loses, as other states could follow suit, putting obstacles in the way of his bid to win back the presidency this fall. Government officials in conservative-controlled governments have also warned that they may seek to remove President Joe Biden from the ballot in response.
The Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, will address several new and consequential legal questions regarding Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, enacted in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Under this provision, intended to prevent former Confederates from returning to power in the U.S. government, anyone who had previously served as an “officer of the United States” and then “engaged in the insurrection” would be barred from holding office. federal functions.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that Trump could be barred from the Republican primary ballot, but put the decision on hold while he appealed.
Trump, who has often attended recent court hearings in the various civil and criminal cases in which he is involved, is not expected to be present in the courtroom on Thursday.
The legal challenge was filed on behalf of six Colorado residents, including four Republicans, by the left-leaning government watchdog group. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and two law firms.
They allege in court documents that Trump “intentionally organized and incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol in a desperate attempt to prevent the counting of electoral votes cast against him.”
Trump’s lawyers offered several reasons for dismissing the lawsuit. They argue that the president is not…