WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement regarding the decision made in Thompson, et al. v. Trump, et al.:
“Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the district court’s denial of Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit that I and other members of Congress filed. In denying Trump’s motion to dismiss our suit on the basis of presidential immunity, the Court confirmed that no one is above the law—not even a president. While there is still a long way to go, this is a major win not only the members involved in this case, but for the survival and accountability of our country’s democracy.
“This is the first time that a court has ruled that a president is not entitled to immunity for conduct that occurred while in office. It is a major step towards accountability for Donald Trump’s actions on January 6th.
“I was trapped in the House Gallery on January 6th. I did not know if I would live or if our democracy would survive. I will continue to press in court and in Congress to hold Donald Trump accountable for his role in the most violence attack on our Capitol since the War of 1812. This is urgent for our democracy to survive and thrive.”
Issues: Government Reform & Ethics