Trump plans to stay away from Supreme Court arguments after turning past court appearances into campaign stops

February 07, 2024

On Thursday, Trump’s lawyers will appear at the US Supreme Court for arguments over a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to throw Trump off the state’s ballot under the 14th Amendment’s ban on insurrectionists holding public office. “There is no upside to him attending these arguments,” one source close to the legal team tells CNN. Trump may feel more strongly about attending those arguments, according to another source familiar with his legal strategy. The so-called “moot court arguments,” a staple of Supreme Court advocacy, are just one aspect of Trump’s more traditional approach to Thursday’s case. Unlike many Trump lawyers, he has mostly worked in government and academia before opening his own firm in 2018.