First Witness Testifies in 14th Amendment Lawsuit Against Trump
Denver, Colorado – October 30, 2023
The highly anticipated trial concerning former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on Colorado’s Republican primary ballot next year kicked off today in a packed Denver courtroom. Journalists, lawyers, and political watchers gathered early in the morning, with expectations that this week-long hearing could shape the direction of the 2024 presidential race.
The first witness to testify in this case was Washington D.C. police officer Daniel Hodges, who played a crucial role in defending the U.S. Capitol during the events of January 6th, 2021. Hodges, a member of the civil disturbance unit, recounted the harrowing experiences he faced on that fateful day. He described being assaulted in multiple ways, including punching, kicking, pushing, exposure to chemical irritants, and being beaten in the head with blunt instruments, including a baton. He also detailed being crushed with a shield.
During his testimony, Hodges expressed that he feared for his life, the safety of his colleagues, and the people inside the United States Capitol, including then-Vice President Mike Pence. He underscored his concerns about the implications of the attack on democracy, stating, “I saw people carrying banners saying ‘Stop the Steal.’ I heard them chant ‘Fight for Trump’ and carrying various flags referencing war and revolution and said we were traitors and on the wrong side of history.”
Hodges emphasized that the sheer size of the mob posed a significant threat, saying, “They had us completely outnumbered, had us encircled.” Footage from Hodges’s body camera was also admitted as evidence during his testimony.
Following Hodges’s testimony, opening statements for both the defense and plaintiffs were presented to the court. Scott Gessler, the former Secretary of State for Colorado, argued in defense of Trump, asserting that the lawsuit was “anti-Democratic” and claimed it sought to disenfranchise millions of Coloradans. He argued that Trump’s behavior did not meet the requirements of the disqualification clause, which bars individuals who engaged in insurrection from holding office, emphasizing that “engaged” means to take action, not just incitement with words.
Gessler went further, characterizing the lawsuit as election interference, arguing that such matters should be left up to Congress to establish standards and guidance on how to apply constitutional clauses.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs countered in their opening statements, presenting numerous tweets and videos from January 6th as evidence. They also announced their intent to call three witnesses, including Daniel Hodges and Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who had previously served as an impeachment manager during Trump’s second impeachment and filed a lawsuit against the former president and his allies for inciting violence at the Capitol.
They think they’re gonna keep Trump off the ballot in Colorado and other liberal commie states 😲— Todd With Trump (@THeinrich22) October 30, 2023
They all “assume” that he committed an insurrection 😳
They’re all WRONG 👊🏻. The Senate has already ACQUITTED him of ALL CHARGES 👏🏻
They can take their lawsuits and shove it up… pic.twitter.com/LL6cWOaijp
Peter Simi, an expert in political extremism, was also scheduled to testify. Attorney Eric Olson, representing the plaintiffs, asserted that Trump had made repeated deliberate statements to incite a violent mob and criticized his delay in taking action to stop the attack, despite being the most powerful person in the world.
The trial is expected to continue throughout the week, with daily sessions running from 8 a.m. to around 5:30 p.m. or later. The judge, Sarah B. Wallace, joked about the courtroom’s crowded conditions, and she plans to conclude proceedings a bit earlier on Halloween for participants with young children. The trial’s outcome could have far-reaching implications for Trump’s political future and the 2024 presidential race.
WATCH: In a blatant attempt to interfere in the 2024 presidential election, Eric Olson, attorney for the petitioners in the #Colorado 14th Amendment lawsuit filed against President @realDonaldTrump, claims that Trump has no right be President and that the Constitution denies him… pic.twitter.com/XV05wg4HFv— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 30, 2023
Before the hearing began, the Trump campaign spoke with reporters, alleging that the lawsuit was an attempt by Democrats to undermine Trump’s chances in Colorado.
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