Trump legal team outlines reasons for keeping him on Colorado ballot

By Jen Krausz on
 January 19, 2024

The former President Donald Trump's legal team presented its reasoning to the Supreme Court for keeping him on the Colorado ballot on Thursday in a legal brief.

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Feb. 8 in the case, which could impact rulings in all 50 states about whether Trump can be removed from a ballot.

“The court should put a swift and decisive end to these ballot-disqualification efforts, which threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans and which promise to unleash chaos and bedlam if other state courts and state officials follow Colorado’s lead and exclude the likely Republican presidential nominee from their ballots,” Trump’s counsel wrote in their brief.

One of the team's strongest arguments is that a state court cannot on its own, without a lawsuit or any charges, determine whether Trump participated in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, as Colorado has alleged.

“The fact remains President Trump did not commit or participate in the unlawful acts that occurred at the Capitol, and this Court cannot tolerate a regime that allows a candidate’s eligibility for office to hinge on a trial court’s assessment of dubious expert-witness testimony or claims that President Trump has powers of telepathy,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

Dozens of outside groups have filed amicus briefs in the case, including a group of 179 members of Congress led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA).