Trump has requested to dismiss the case, but Colorado Judge Sarah Wallace, the sole decider of the case's outcome, has rejected his requests multiple times.
In a 24-page ruling, Wallace rejected the argument of Trump that his eligibility should be determined by Congress rather than the courts and the contention that Colorado election officials lacked the authority to enforce the "insurrectionist ban," as stipulated in Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
"The Court holds that states can and have applied Section 3 pursuant to state statutes without federal enforcement legislation," Wallace wrote.
Moreover, Wallace said the trial is scheduled to last all week and will address nine topics, including whether Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment applies to presidents; the interpretation of "engaged" and "insurrection" under the section; whether the actions of Trump fall under the criteria of disqualification; and whether the amendment is "self-executing."
Trump, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021, pleaded not guilty to both state and federal charges for his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
The former president and his campaign team have vehemently condemned the lawsuits and called them "anti-democratic" for trying to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.
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