A white supremacist accused of assaulting a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville previous year has filed a lawsuit against the president, arguing he "relied on Trump's authority to order disruptive persons removed".
Alvin Bamberger, 75, filed a countersuit in U.S. District Court, saying "he would not have acted as he did without" Trump's "urging and inspiration".
Three people who claim they were assaulted at the Trump rally filed a lawsuit past year against Trump, his campaign, Heimbach and Bamberger. The attorneys also said Trump's "get them out of here" remark was not directed at the crowd.
In court documents, Trump's attorneys said their client is immune from the suit because he is President.
Attorneys for the president have now waded in saying that both Trump and the campaign "lack sufficient information" about most of the claims "and therefore deny them".
"Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump and/or the Trump Campaign repeatedly urged people attending Trump political rallies to remove individuals who were voicing opposition", reads Bamberger's filing, which asks that Trump be forced to pay his damages, if Bamberger is found liable.
Weeks later, Nwanguma and two other protesters, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, sued Trump, Bamberger and Heimbach.
And he accepted as true her claims that Trump's speech "was calculated to incite violence" against the protesters.
Trump's "get 'em out of here" comment, the judge ruled, was "particularly reckless" in suggesting the use of violence.More news: Narendra Modi, Australia PM Turnbull take metro ride to Akshardham temple
"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the lawyers wrote.
"If I say, 'Don't hurt them, ' then the press says, 'Well, Trump isn't as tough as he used to be, ' "he said at one point".
Bamberger, who wore a Korean War Veterans Association uniform at the rally, later conceded in a letter to the group that he "pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit", the court ruling states. Marco Rubio, an early presidential candidate, expressing concern that someone could be killed at one of his rival's rallies.
If anyone was injured, Trump's attorneys argue, it was not because of anything the then-candidate said during the rally.
"When they see what's going on in this country, they have anger that's unbelievable". They don't like seeing bad trade deals. "It's a attractive thing in many respects, but I certainly don't condone [violence] at all".
"I'd like to punch him in the face", Trump once said of a protester at a rally in Las Vegas, for example.
"We have some protesters who are bad dudes".
As part of his defense, Heimbach is arguing the protesters "provoked" him and he "acted, if at all, in self defense". "It's not me. It's usually the municipal government, the police, because I don't have guards all over these stadiums".