Lawyers for a man accused of assaulting a woman at a Trump campaign rally previous year have said he acted at the urging of the candidate, complicating the president's argument in court that he stands immune to civil lawsuits.
Trump is involved in a number of lawsuits stemming from raucous encounters that occurred during his campaign rallies.
Trump's attorneys denied that he was giving direct instructions to his supporters - one of whom can be seen in a widely publicized video pushing a black woman and others from behind while people jeered at the protesters from among the crowd.
"Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump and/or the Trump campaign repeatedly urged people attending Trump political rallies to remove individuals who were voicing opposition", reads Bamberger's filing, which seeks to have Trump pay Bamberg's damages if he's found liable.
Judge David J. Hale of U.S. District Court in Louisville ruled recently that the suit against Trump can proceed, finding it "plausible" that Trump's directions advocated the use of force. Trump could be heard saying "get 'em out of here" from the stage at that rally. The lawyers also said Trump's "get them out of here" remark wasn't directed to the crowd.
Trump's attorneys admit the President said, "Get them out of here" when referring to the protesters.
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"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the attorneys wrote. Bamberger was never criminally charged for his actions.
They further said that Trump and his campaign "lack sufficient information" about most of the allegations "and therefore deny them".
A member of a Korean war veterans association, Bamberger, 75, a year ago wrote a letter to a veterans' association that expressed regret for his actions at the rally.
"Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is president of the United States", the lawyers wrote in the filing Friday, which requests a jury trial. "I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret".
April 16 (UPI) - Donald Trump can't be sued for inciting his supporters because the president is immune from civil lawsuits, his lawyers said in federal court filings.
Also being sued is Matthew Heimbach, a leader with the white supremacist group Traditional Youth Network in Paoli, Ind.