Trump Loses Attempt To Halt Capitol Riot Lawsuits

ABC News reports:

A federal judge has rejected an effort by former President Donald Trump to pause several civil lawsuits filed against him seeking to hold him accountable for his actions leading up to the Jan. 6 riot, according to a newly posted ruling.

Trump had asked D.C. District Judge Amit Mehta to stay proceedings in the lawsuits — brought by several members of Congress and police officers who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6 — while his federal criminal case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith was ongoing.

Trump’s attorneys reasoned that defending himself from the lawsuits could improperly impact his defense strategy in his criminal case, which Mehta rejected in his ruling Thursday afternoon.

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