Trump allowed to stay on Michigan presidential ballot, judge rules
The big picture: The decision is the second by a state court this week to dismiss a legal challenge seeking to block Trump from a primary ballot under the insurrection provision of the 14th Amendment.
- Several states are seeing lawsuits arguing that the Republican primary front-runner's actions surrounding the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot should disqualify him from serving as president under the Civil War-era amendment's insurrection clause.
Driving the news: Court of Claims Judge James Redford rejected arguments that claimed Trump is ineligible for the presidency because of his role in the Capitol riot.
- Since Trump followed Michigan's state law for getting on the primary ballot, a judge can't remove him, Redford said.
What they're saying: Attorney Mark Brewer, co-counsel in the case, said they'll appeal the ruling in order to "uphold this critical constitutional provision designed to protect our republic.
- "Trump led a rebellion and insurrection against the Constitution when he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election and he is disqualified from ever seeking or holding public office again," Brewer said in a statement.