Court: Trump can seek to have protester lawsuit dismissed

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Posted: Nov 01, 2017 5:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal court says attorneys for President Donald Trump can seek the dismissal of a lawsuit that accuses him of ordering supporters to rough up protesters at a Kentucky rally.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that they can seek to reverse a lower court's decision allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

Writing for the Cincinnati-based panel, Judge David W. McKeague said the court should ensure claims are on "solid footing" before allowing the lawsuit to continue.

An attorney for the protesters, Greg Belzley, says he looks forward to "the next stage of the battle." Trump's attorneys didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Three protesters say they were shoved and punched by audience members at Trump's command at a 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.