US State of Maine Stops Trump from its Republican Presidential Primary: Report

Fri Dec 29 2023
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WASHINGTON: The US state of Maine has blocked former president Donald Trump from its Republican presidential primary over his role in the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol, western media reported on Thursday.

The verdict was announced by the state’s top election official and blocked Trump from its Republican presidential primary.

US State of Maine Stops Trump from its Republican Presidential Primary: Report

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has said in a verdict that the events of January 6, 2021 took place at the behest of, and with the knowledge and help of, the outgoing President Trump,” saying “The US Constitution does not accept an attack on the foundations of their government.

The development took place as earlier Trump had scored a win in his legal fight against challenges to his eligibility to run for the White House race again when Michigan’s apex court refused to hear a case seeking to disqualify him from the state’s presidential primary vote.

The Court said it would not hear a plea from 4 voters in the state seeking to ban the former president of the US from the February 27 Republican primary for his role in the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol.

The voters were of the view that Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, could not serve as president as per the provision in the Constitution of the US that bans people from holding office if they engaged in “insurrection” following swearing an oath to the US.

The justices said in a brief order that they are not convinced that the questions presented must be reviewed by this Court.

Donald Trump in a post on social media said that the court “strongly denied” what he called an “anxious Democrat effort” to take him off the vote in Michigan.

The Michigan verdict contrasts with a decision by Colorado’s apex court last week to disqualify Donald Trump under the same constitutional provision. Donald Trump has pledged to appeal the Colorado ruling to the US apex court.

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