Attorneys for President Donald Trump say he did nothing wrong as a candidate when protesters said they were roughed up by his supporters at a campaign rally in Louisville past year.
"Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States", the attorneys wrote in a federal court filing in response to a lawsuit brought by three protesters, Politico reported.
Attorneys for Trump denied wrongdoing in an answer to the original lawsuit on Friday, arguing, in part, that he is "immune from suit because he is President".
They denied that Trump was urging the crowd to take action by repeatedly saying "get them out of here".
"Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump and/or the Trump campaign repeatedly urged people attending Trump political rallies to remove individuals who were voicing opposition", reads Bamberger's filing, which seeks to have Trump pay Bamberg's damages if he's found liable. "Bamberger would not have acted as he did without Trump and/or the Trump Campaign's specific urging and inspiration".
Trump's lawyers, however, have also maintained that then-candidate Trump was not directing the remark at his supporters and that his statement is protected by the First Amendment. However, his attorneys said that his comments were not directed at the crowd.
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Bamberger is accused of shoving Kashiya Nwanguma at the Louisville, Ky., rally past year, according to WDRB-TV. Video of the rally, Heimbach wrote, "features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour".
Plaintiffs Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau allege that they were physically attacked by several members of the audience, including Bamberger.
But after Federal Judge David Hale said it's plausible the would-be President incited a riot, he allowed the suit to proceed.
"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the attorneys wrote.
Trump is involved in a number of lawsuits stemming from raucous encounters that occurred during his campaign rallies. He rejected the Trump team's arguments that the candidate's constitutional free speech rights protected him from the lawsuit and that he didn't wants his supporters to use force.
They also said they are preparing to put the president under oath as the lawsuit moves toward trial.