Supreme Court to Hear Case on Trump’s Eligibility for Another Term – The New York Times

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In a momentous argument, the justices will consider whether the former president’s attempts to subvert the 2020 election disqualify him from again holding office.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Thursday in an extraordinary case that could alter the course of the presidential election by deciding whether former President Donald J. Trump’s conduct in trying to subvert the 2020 race made him ineligible to hold office again.

Not since Bush v. Gore, the 2000 decision that handed the presidency to George W. Bush, has the Supreme Court assumed such a direct role in the outcome of a presidential contest.

The sweep of the court’s ruling is likely to be broad. It will probably not only resolve whether Mr. Trump may appear on the Colorado primary ballot, but it will also most likely determine his eligibility to run in the general election and to hold office at all.

The case is just one of several involving or affecting Mr. Trump on the court’s docket or approaching it.

An appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Mr. Trump was not immune from prosecution for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, giving the former president until Monday to seek a stay of that ruling from the Supreme Court. And the justices have already agreed to decide on the scope of a central charge in the federal election-interference case against Mr. Trump, with a ruling by June.

Thursday’s case arose from a December ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court disqualifying Mr. Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The provision was adopted after the Civil War to bar insurrectionists who had taken an oath to support the Constitution from holding office.

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