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Trump Fights Demand He Testify in Suit by Protesters Roughed Up at His Rally

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 08:36 AM

President Donald Trump's lawyers are arguing against an attempt to force him to testify in a lawsuit brought by three protesters at a campaign rally in Kentucky last year who said Trump bears some of the responsibility that they were allegedly assaulted by members of the crowd, Politico is reporting.

In a motion filed in federal court in Louisville, Trump's attorneys said the lawsuit can be resolved without exploring the motivations for, or intentions behind, Trump's call to "get 'em out of here" at the March 2016 event, especially since "compulsory deposition of the sitting president of the United States must be treated as a measure of last resort. It cannot be justified unless all other possible grounds of resolving the case have been exhausted, and the deposition is absolutely necessary."

But as MSNBC reported, Trump also told supporters at a rally in Iowa just a month before the one in Kentucky that "if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of him, would you? Seriously, okay, just knock the hell. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees; I promise, I promise."

One of those named in the Kentucky lawsuit said Trump's words inspired him to take action against the protesters and also expects the president to keep his promise and pay damages if the plaintiff wins the case.

But the president's attorneys say there is no plausible interpretation of Trump's words that can be seen as urging an illegal act, especially since he also said at the Kentucky rally, "Don't hurt 'em."

Trump's legal team also has asked the judge to reconsider his ruling not to dismiss the case or at least allow an appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported. The judge has not given permission for such an appeal, which usually has to wait until the case is resolved.

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