Published: Wed, February 17, 2021
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Democratic congressman sues former President Donald Trump over US Capitol riot

Democratic congressman sues former President Donald Trump over US Capitol riot

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.

Bennie Thompson accused Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and extremist groups the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers of violating the 1871 act by supporting efforts to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the new U.S. president.

It claims that Trump, Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers conspired to incite a mob, march on the Capitol and through force, intimidation and threat prevent Congress' counting of the Electoral College votes.

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

Rudy Giuliani is "not now representing" former President Trump "in any legal matters", senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told CNN and Reuters on Tuesday. The lawsuit says he was in Gallery C of the House to vote on the Electoral College ballots when the attack began. That's the same level of support he had in November, Morning Consult reports, before it slipped just after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Giuliani could not be immediately reached for comment.

Both Trump and McConnell initially found themselves at odds after the Kentucky official called on his colleagues to vote to certify the 2020 election results while the former president continued to voice voter fraud claims.

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Trump adviser Jason Miller dismissed the allegations in the lawsuit, citing Trump's acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.


Trump faces several civil lawsuits, including two defamation lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexually assaulting them before he was elected president in 2016.

"In this respect, because of his conduct, he is just like any other private citizen". The statute was intended specifically to protect against conspiracies, attorney Joe Sellers said.

"Fortunately, this hasn't been used very much", lawyer Joseph Sellers, acting on behalf of Mr Thompson, said.

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.

MITCH MCCONNELL: President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office. That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol.

In Donald Trump's impeachment trial Democratic prosecutors offered strong evidence to show that the attack was the outcome of two months of deliberate incitement and encouragement by Trump.

In the first impeachment, the Senate voted 53-47 against convicting Trump, with Sen.

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

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