Sunday, 07 March, 2021


Democratic congressman sues Trump over role in US Capitol riot

Plaskett insists Trump will 'never be elected again' despite impeachment acquittal Democrats Are Starting To File Personal Lawsuits Against Donald Trump for Sending His Supporters To Attack Them
Noah Ferguson | 17 February, 2021, 05:07

The case against Trump was brought under a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which 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.

The Feb. 16 lawsuit by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the first civil suit filed against Trump in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot, report Law.com, the New York Times and CNN.

Other lawsuit defendants are the right-wing extremist groups the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, whose members have been charged in the riots.

Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, filed the suit against Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

CNBC quotes Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, to have denied the allegations that Trump orchestrated the riots. "After witnessing Capitol police barricading the doors of the House chamber with furniture, Congressman Thompson and fellow lawmakers donned gas masks and were rushed into the Longworth House Office Building where they sheltered with more than 200 other representatives, staffers and family members".

Trump said McConnell "begged" him for a recent endorsement, which allowed him to win re-election in November, according to Trump.

And Trump faces a criminal investigation in NY, where the Manhattan district attorney's office is looking into whether the Trump Organization violated state laws, such as insurance fraud, tax fraud or other schemes to defraud.

In explaining his vote, Burr said Trump "bears responsibility" for the January 6 attack - which left five people dead, including a police officer - and lambasted the ex-president for using his office to "inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault".

Donald Trump has launched a bitter and personal attack on one of his party's senior leaders in an extraordinary statement since being acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial last week.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the suit says, the men portrayed the election as stolen while Mr Trump "endorsed rather than discouraged" threats of violence from his angry supporters in the weeks leading up to the assault on the Capitol.

There was no immediate comment from Giuliani.

Furthermore, McConnell used his power as then-majority leader to delay Trump's Senate trial until after he left office.

Thompson is represented by the NAACP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

A poll conducted as his Senate impeachment trial ended in acquittal has found that 54% of Republican voters would back Trump in a 2024 presidential primary.

A person familiar with the matter previously told CNN that Trump instructed his staff to stop paying Giuliani's legal fees.

Banned from Twitter-his erstwhile weapon of choice for attacking critics-Trump fired his broadside, which blamed McConnell (R-Ky.) for Republicans' loss of Senate control, via a statement from his Save America super PAC.

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