An election worker cannot sue former President Trump over remarks he made casting doubt on the results of the 2020 election while in office, a Pennsylvania state judge reportedly concluded on Monday.
The judge found that the remarks are shielded by presidential immunity.
Trump’s immunity, according to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, covered a tweet he sent out and remarks he made from the White House while attending a meeting of the Pennsylvania state Senate in November 2020.
These claims of election fraud in Pennsylvania were made without any supporting proof.
In two lawsuits that have subsequently been merged, James Savage, a Pennsylvania voting machine supervisor for the 2020 election, claimed that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, two poll observers, and others colluded to smear him.
Savage claims that as a result of their comments, he received death threats and experienced two heart attacks.
Trump enjoys protection for the tweet and the comments he made during the state Senate hearing, according to Erdos, because both were made while he was president.
Trump is not exempt from liability for the lawsuit’s allegations about a letter he sent to the House Jan. 6 committee in October because it was made after he left office.
Trump was addressing to the public about issues of public interest, thus Erdos determined that the two prior remarks were made as part of his official duties.