Three former attorneys general, including Bill Barr, who is not endorsing Trump for the 2024 election, have filed a brief insisting that Trump is constitutionally eligible to be listed on the ballot.
This action is a response to efforts in various states, like Colorado and Maine, where leftist have attempted to prevent Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot.
The argument presented by these former AGs was drafted with the assistance of law professors and is well-founded.
From Breitbart News:
Three former U.S. attorneys general — including Bill Barr, who does not support Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination — insist that Trump is constitutionally qualified to be on the presidential ballot, in a U.S. Supreme Court brief their lawyers filed on Thursday.
Along with Barr, former Republican Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and Michael B. Mukasey, as well as several law professors, comprised the amicus in the Trump v. Anderson brief. After the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision that Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, colloquially known as the “Insurrection Clause,” bars Trump from the ballot, his legal team and the Republican Party of Colorado challenged the effort.
The brief, filed by counsel Gene Schaerr of Schaerr Jaffe LLP, argues that the Colorado court’s decision is a “misrepresentation” of the clause and, if upheld, the “ruling would create a precedent with ruinous consequences for our democratic republic.”
Below is the essence of their argument:
This is evident in Section 3’s text, which omits the President, instead specifying certain offices such as Senator and Representative. Earlier versions of the proposed text included President and Vice President, but later versions excluded those offices, and instead disqualified presidential electors who would choose the occupants of the presidential and vice presidential offices.
It’s important to note that President Trump has not been charged with engaging in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.