New lawsuit from the Home Homeland Safety Committee accuses Trump, Giuliani, of conspiring to start out the Capitol insurgency
Former President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were accused of conspiring in the January 6th Capitol uprising, according to a recent lawsuit from Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington under the Ku Klux Klan Act, a law of 1871 that provides protection from any violence that could affect Congress or its mandate.
“The defendants each intended to prevent and ultimately delay members of Congress from fulfilling their constitutional duty to approve the results of the electoral college to elect the next President and Vice-President of the United States,” said the lawsuit said. “The Defendants Oath Keepers had a common purpose of the Defendants Trump and Giuliani and the Proud Boys, and played a leadership role in the seditious crowd. They provided sufficient military support to overcome the resistance of the Capitol Police.”
“Inciting a riot or attempting to interfere with Congressional efforts to ratify the constitution-recommended election results may not be part of the normal presidential responsibilities,” said Joseph Sellers, a Washington attorney with the NAACP filed the lawsuit on Thompson’s behalf, said in an interview with NY1.
Trump’s attorneys have denied he instigated the riot and made this the focus of their case during his recent impeachment trial, which resulted in an acquittal. Republicans who voted against the former president’s conviction said it was unconstitutional to indict and try a no longer-in-office president, adding that it would be wiser to sue Trump in federal court.
“Jan. 6 was one of the most shameful days in our country’s history and was instigated by the President himself, ”said Thompson. “His joyful support for violent white supremacists led to a rupture of the Capitol that put my life and that of my colleagues in great danger.”
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the attack, which took place after a crowd of Trump’s supporters broke through the Capitol to dismiss the 2020 general election results, which Trump claimed were fraudulent. Countless state and federal officials and independent observers suggest that there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. Trump’s own federal agencies also pushed back against his claims during his tenure.
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