Democrat Thompson sues Trump over Capitol riots

Democratic congressman sued trump on Tuesday for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Democratic congressman sued trump on Tuesday for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

However, the case also names as defendants the Republican former president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and groups including the Proud Boys. He accused Trump, of conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to prevent the Senate from endorsing the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.

The lawsuit from Mississippi’s Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is part of an expected wave of litigation over the Jan. 6 riot and is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress. It seeks that Trump should provide compensatory damages.

Moreover, the Oath Keepers, extremist organizations that had members charged by the Justice Department with taking part in the siege. On Tuesday, Trump’s adviser said: “that Trump did not organize the rally that preceded the riot and did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on January 6th.”

However, the suit was filed in federal court in Washington under a Reconstruction-era law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act. The suit comes three days after Trump was proved blameless in a Senate impeachment trial that centered on allegations that he incited the riot, in which five people died. That release is likely to open the door to fresh legal inspection over Trump’s actions before and during the siege. Additional suits could be brought by other members of Congress or by law enforcement officers injured while responding to the riot.

Now that Trump has left the White House and lost certain legal protections that shielded him as president, court was the best venue to deal with him acknowledges by some Republicans who voted to acquit Trump on Saturday.

The suit says, that “men portrayed the election as stolen while Trump endorsed rather than discouraged” threats of violence from his angry supporters in the weeks leading up to the assault on the Capitol. Moreover, the suit traces that court across the country, and state election officials, repeatedly rejected Trump’s and Giuliani baseless allegations of fraud on the election results.

The suit claims that “the carefully orchestrated series of events that unfolded at the Save America rally and the storming of the Capitol was no accident or coincidence, it was the intended and foreseeable culmination of a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process required to confirm the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College.”

The lawsuit filed Tuesday was brought against Trump in his personal, not official, capacity and alleges that none of the behavior at issue had to do with his responsibilities as president; however, historically it is not new when former presidents are charges on their actions while in power.

Furthermore, inciting a riot, or attempting to interfere with the congressional efforts to change the results of the election that are commanded by the Constitution, could not conceivably be within the scope of ordinary responsibilities of the president, Joseph Sellers, a Washington lawyer who along with the NAACP filed the lawsuit on Thompson’s behalf, said in an interview.

Sellers said “in this respect, because of his conduct, he is just like any other private citizen,”

However, the impeachment case concerned more about incitement but the lawsuit was focused mainly on conspiring to disrupt the constitutional activities of Congress namely, the certification of election results founding Biden as the winner through a month-long effort to disgrace the outcome and to lean on individual states and his vice president to overturn the contest.

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.

Sellers said that “fortunately, this hasn’t been used very much”, but what we see here is so unprecedented that it’s reminiscent of what gave rise to the enactment of this legislation right after the Civil War.

The suit cites provocative comments that Trump and Giuliani made in the weeks leading up to the riot and on the day of it that lawyers say were considered to assemble supporters to work to overturn the election results and to prevent the Senate’s certification process. That process was momentarily interrupted when Trump’s supporters broke into the Capitol.

Defense lawyers pointed to a remark during his speech in which he told the crowd to behave peacefully that day but in his speech, before riots, he provoked supporters to fight like hell. Defense lawyers are likely to revisit those assertions in the lawsuit. They may also argue, as was done during the impeachment case, that Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment.