Judiciary Panel Member Predicts Success In 14th Amendment Cases Against Trump


Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), an outspoken member of the House Judiciary Committee, predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court has no basis to undo findings from a court case in Colorado challenging Donald Trump’s basic eligibility for the ballot.

The case, in which Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and others are involved, hinges on provisions of the 14th Amendment blocking individuals who previously took an oath of office and then “engaged in insurrection” from later holding power across a slew of positions, and the connection made to Trump is the violence of January 6, 2021. That day’s events were inspired by Trump’s election lies, a connection established by sources including individual participants themselves besides the obvious context.

At the trial level, Colorado Judge Sarah Wallace already ruled that Trump engaged in insurrection, though she declined to apply the Constitutional rules at issue to the office of the presidency. The case then went to Colorado’s Supreme Court, which did make such an application, though they held off their ruling from taking effect, and the immediate future of the case was unclear.

“The Colorado trial court HELD A TRIAL and made rock solid findings of fact that Trump “engaged in insurrection.” SCOTUS would not have any basis to overrule the findings,” Lieu wrote online. “The only way SCOTUS can overturn is to make the perverse ruling that Presidents can engage in insurrection.” In other words, the idea is that the Supreme Court could again remove the office of the presidency from consideration of that Constitutional amendment’s provisions — though again, the progression of this matter is presently unclear.

Cases were also brought in other states challenging Trump’s eligibility on similar grounds. Currently, he remains on track to be the GOP nominee absent any unexpected, incapacitating developments from amid his four current criminal cases. Even scheduling for trial amid these proceedings remains up in the air, with what was going to be the first — his January 6-related trial, covering his 2020 election schemes — now temporarily on hold.