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Donald Trump is heading to court in Manhattan, New York, as Democrats continue to push for the former president to face criminal charges over his role in the Capitol riots. The former president's legal team is expected to argue that he should not be held accountable for the violence that occurred on January 6, as he has maintained his innocence throughout.
The legal proceedings come as Trump continues to face a slew of civil suits, including one from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is seeking to ascertain whether Trump's business dealings violated New York state law. The attorney general is also looking into the role Trump's family members played in the Capitol riots.
Trump's lawyers have maintained that the former president is immune from criminal prosecution while in office, a position that is unlikely to be accepted in court. The Manhattan District Attorney's office is pushing for Trump to be held accountable for his role in the riots, as well as any other alleged crimes he may have committed while in office. If a case is made against Trump, he could face criminal charges for inciting a riot, obstruction of justice, and inciting violence.
As the legal proceedings get underway, here's what to expect from the court case:
First, Trump's lawyers are likely to argue that the former president should be immune from criminal prosecution while in office. However, this argument is likely to be rejected by the courts, as the legal precedent of presidents being held accountable for their actions while in office has been established in the past.
Second, the court will likely examine Trump's role in the Capitol riots and determine if he incited violence or not. If a case is made against Trump, he could face criminal charges for inciting a riot, obstruction of justice, and inciting violence.
Finally, the court may also examine any other alleged crimes Trump may have committed while in office. This could include an investigation into his business dealings, as well as the role his family members played in the Capitol riots.
It is unclear when the court proceedings will begin, or how long the proceedings will last. However, the legal battle between Trump and the Manhattan District Attorney's office is sure to be a drawn-out affair. The outcome of the case could have significant implications for Trump's future, and will be followed closely by legal experts and political observers alike.