A federal judge has ruled that Former President Donald Trump should not be granted “absolute immunity” for his actions during and after the 2020 presidential election.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the D.C. District Court has ruled in a lawsuit that has been filed by a civil rights group, that Trump can be held liable and should not be granted immunity regardless of his former role as president. The civil group had previously claimed that Trump’s actions were discriminatory towards a portion of the voters.

Sullivan has noted that Trump’s actions were not taken as part of his official duties, which means he was granted less protection. In her final ruling Sullivan noted that “if former President Trump disrupted the certification of the electoral vote count, as plaintiffs allege here, such actions would not constitute executive action in defense of the Constitution.” Sullivan was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 under then-President Bill Clinton.

As part of the ruling, Sullivan also concludes that former President Trump can suffer from monetary damages as part of the suit.

This ruling allows the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization to rework their lawsuits against Trump. The judge has not yet ruled that Trump is indeed liable for the plaintiffs’ claims.
The Federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. is also going to be ruling on a similar set of cases soon.