Supreme Court to Mull Trump Ballot Questions

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The Supreme Court is poised to jump head first into a place it never really wanted to be: the middle of the 2024 presidential race.

Next week, the justices are scheduled to hear arguments about whether Donald Trump should be removed from the ballot for engaging in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

The issues the Supreme Court will consider at the hearing on Thursday will turn on a novel question of the law: whether Trump can be barred from running for president under a provision of the 14th Amendment that forbids officials from holding office if they took part in an insurrection against the United States.

Expect debate on several important factual and legal matters, including whether Trump’s role in the attack on the Capitol counts as an act of insurrection and whether the amendment covers presidents or only applies to lesser federal offices.

The hearing marks the first — but perhaps not the last — time the court will mull a question that will have an enormous impact on Trump’s legal and political future. And it also reflects just how deeply his campaign has become enmeshed with the legal system. In an example of that, the proceeding will take place on the same day as the Nevada caucuses, which Trump is expected to win, further solidifying his grip on the Republican nomination.

While the court’s decision will technically be limited to the question of whether Trump’s name can appear on the primary ballot in the state of Colorado, it will almost certainly have a much broader impact. Plaintiffs in several other states have also sought to bar him from running in November and are waiting for the justices to give them guidance on how to proceed.

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