Trump claims immunity as president from protesters' lawsuit

Kari Scott
April 18, 2017

Lawyers for a man accused of assaulting a woman at a Trump campaign rally past 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.

"If Bamberger is adjudged liable to Nwanguma for his actions, Trump and/or the Trump campaign should be adjudged liable to Bamberger in an equal sum, because Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did", read the lawsuit.

Bamberger said public statements by Trump promised to pay the legal expenses of people who were helping remove the anti-Trump element. The judge also rejected Trump's free speech defense against allegations that he incited violence.

Heimbach, who is representing himself, said in court papers that "Trump is a world famous businessman, worth, according to his own claims, billions of dollars, and who relies on various professionals including attorneys and other professional advisers".

"It is plausible that Trump's direction to "get 'em out of here" advocated the use of force", Hale wrote in an opinion filed March 31.

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".

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Alvin Bamberger, 75, who is accused of shoving protester Kashiya Nwanguma at a Louisville, Kentucky, rally on March 1, 2016, alleges in a cross claim filed Friday that he would not have touched the woman had then-candidate Trump not urged his supporters to remove protesters from the venue.

Nwanguma, a 21-year-old University of Louisville student, claims she was protesting non-violently, carrying a sign depicting Trump's face on the body of a pig.

"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the attorneys wrote.

Trump's team responded Friday to the protesters' federal lawsuit, saying he's immune as president from such suits.

Lawyers for Trump have requested a jury trial and the protesters are seeking an unknown amount of damages.

The veteran previously apologized for the events that unfolded at the rally in a letter to the Korean War Association, whose uniform he wore at the rally. Bamberger was never criminally charged for his actions. "I was caught up in the frenzy". Video of the rally, Heimbach wrote, "features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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