Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to be sued in court by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) over the January 6th riot at the US Capitol.
Bennie Thompson has accused Trump, alongside Rudi Giuliani and The Proud Boys, of conspiracy to incite the riot and violating the Ku Klux Klan Act. Section 1 of the act (now codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1983). The act was passed in response to KKK violence and prohibits violence or intimidation meant to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties. Though the impeachment case focused squarely on accusations of incitement, the lawsuit more broadly accuses Trump of conspiring to disrupt the constitutional activities of Congress – namely, the certification of election results establishing Biden as the rightful winner – through a monthslong effort to discredit the outcome and to lean on individual states and his own vice president to overturn the contest.
Thompson sued Trump in his personal capacity on February 16. The federal lawsuit accuses Trump of inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol and conspiring with his lawyer, Giuliani, and extremist groups to try and prevent Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to now President Joe Biden. Thompson’s lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress. The lawsuit filed by Thompson claims that he was hindered and impeded in carrying out his congressional duties and suffered emotional duress. Thompson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
The lawsuit came three days after Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial over the riot. Thompson cited a Senate floor speech by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) right after the trial. Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump. In Mitch McConnell’s speech, he was quoted as saying “They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth – because he was angry he’d lost an election. Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.” President Trump was served with the nuisance lawsuit by certified by at his home in Mar-A-Lago.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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