Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump’s removal from Colorado ballot

President Donald Trump waves while walking to board a helicopter.

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a landmark case to determine whether Donald Trump can stay on the ballot in the 2024 presidential elections. The case began this morning and nine justices are hearing arguments about the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that former President Donald Trump should be removed from the primary ballot.

Last year Colorado’s top court said that the former president was not eligible because he engaged in insurrection over the US Capitol riot. The legal case hinges on whether the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which bans anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion”, thereby rendering Trump ineligible to contest. Trump’s lawyers will argue that the provision does not apply to a former president. The ruling from this case will apply nationwide after dozens of lawsuits were filed in multiple other states also seeking to disqualify him.

Attorney Jason Murray will argue on behalf of the voters of Colorado and Jonathan Mitchell, a former Texas solicitor general, will argue on behalf of Trump. Shannon Stevenson, the solicitor general of Colorado, will argue on behalf of the state’s attorney general. Trump is not expected to attend the arguments.

Before the start of the case, Justice Clarence Thomas faced calls to recuse himself from the case for his wife, Ginni Thomas’, involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. However, she and her lawyer contend that she does not influence her husband’s judicial opinions.

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