On Wednesday, a federal judge rejected the former president Trump’s request to put off a lawsuit against him for civil damages related to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
Trump’s attorneys moved to halt the civil action in August after the president was charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 and 2020 elections, alleging a significant amount of overlap.
In a succinct ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta rejected Trump’s request for a stay, describing it as “unwarranted.”
Just before the second anniversary of January 6, Sandra Garza, the romantic partner of Brian Sicknick, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police who passed away hours after the attack on the Capitol, filed a lawsuit against Trump.
Sicknick was pepper sprayed during the assault, and the next day, after having two strokes, he passed tragically. Months later, the medical examiner determined that he passed away naturally.
Days after being charged with four criminal counts in Washington, D.C., for his alleged attempts to rig the 2020 election, including claims relating to Jan. 6, Trump had requested the pause.