Trump backed by 27 states in Supreme Court fight, who warn of 2024 'chaos' if he's removed from ballot

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More than two dozen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging the nation’s highest court to keep former President Trump on the Colorado Republican presidential ballot and warning that failing to do so could throw the 2024 presidential election "into chaos."

The attorneys general of Indiana, West Virginia and 25 other states, warn the court that the move by the Colorado Supreme Court to declare Trump an "insurrectionist" under the Fourteenth Amendment "has vast consequences that reach far beyond Colorado."

The nation's highest court will hear arguments on February 8 and set a January 18 deadline for similar briefs. The justices issued an administrative stay that orders the Colorado Secretary of State to put the former president’s name on the GOP primary ballot, at least until the case is decided.

The state court ruled that Trump had engaged in an insurrection for his role in January 6, 2021, riots at the U. S. Capitol. The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in 1868 after the Civil War, bars people who "engaged in insurrection" from holding public office.

The states argue that state-imposed restrictions have a national consequence in this instance and the ruling "threatens to throw the 2024 election into chaos."

"Voters who may wish to cast their ballots for former President Trump cannot know whether he ultimately will be excluded from the ballot in their State or others. They may wonder whether a little non-mutual offensive collateral estoppel is all it takes for former President Trump to be excluded from ballots across the Nation," they say.

They also argue that the court’s decision on what constitutes an insurrection is "standardless and vague" and denied the former president an opportunity for due process, including calling witnesses and the discovery process.

"The Colorado Supreme Court has cast itself into a ‘political thicket,’ . . . and it is now up to this Court to pull it out," they say.... (Read more)