Trump claims immunity as president from protesters' lawsuit

Justin Greene
April 18, 2017

A white supremacist accused of assaulting a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville previous year has filed a lawsuit against the president, arguing he "relied on Trump's authority to order disruptive persons removed".

The lawyers add that if Bamberg is found liable, Trump or his campaign should be held equally to blame "because Trump and/or Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did".

The response filed by Trump contradicts the argument of a co-defendant, a Trump supporter accused of shoving a young black woman at the rally. Trump's lawyers said in a filing he can't be sued because he is immune from civil lawsuits.

"Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did."

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U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled on April 1 that there's ample evidence that could be seen as supporting allegations that the protesters' injuries were a "direct and proximate result" of Trump's actions.

Trump's attorneys also requested a jury trial. During the altercation, Trump shouted "get out" and "get 'em out of here!"

Trump's lawyers initially sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, claiming the candidate had not been talking to the crowd when he said "get them out".

Trump's attorneys admit the President said, "Get them out of here" when referring to the protesters. A video of Bamberger pushing Nwanguma went viral soon after the rally.

In a new court filing, Bamberger's attorney wrote he admitted that he touched a woman but denied the assault.

Bamberger, Heimbach and a third man, Joseph Pryor, were charged last summer with misdemeanor harassment by Louisville police.

On Friday, Trump's lawyers responded to the original lawsuit, saying that as president he is immune to such lawsuits, the Associated Press reported.

And they said Trump told security, "Don't hurt them".

Bamberger is accused of shoving Kashiya Nwanguma at the Louisville, Ky., rally a year ago, according to WDRB-TV. The lawsuit alleges Nwanguma was called racist and sexist slurs and repeatedly assaulted.

As part of his defense, Heimbach is arguing the protesters "provoked" him and he "acted, if at all, in self defense".

A criminal summons is signed by a judge and states the crime the person has been accused of and orders them to appear in court.

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