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Donald Trump sued by senior Democrat congressman Bennie Thompson over Capitol riot

Donald Trump sued by senior Democrat congressman Bennie Thompson over Capitol riot”

Citing the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, the lawsuit, which is expected to be joined by other Democratic lawmakers, accuses the defendants of conspiring to prevent Congress from confirming the election of Joe Biden as president.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson is suing former President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two far-right groups - the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers - for allegedly conspiring to incite the deadly violence on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

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.

Then Tuesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS filed a suit against Giuliani, Trump, and two extremist groups in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told the outlet Tuesday that the former NY mayor is "not now representing President Trump in any legal matters". But the basis for the suit is the allegation that the defendants conspired to interfere with Congress' duty to ratify the election results, he said.

In a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, McConnell again accused Trump of "moral responsibility" for the Capitol attack, adding that the former president's "behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended".

"Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run [out]", McConnell said after his vote to acquit.

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A lawyer for Mr Giuliani did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

In a rancorous letter dated January 8 - the day after Kinzinger separated himself from his party by calling for the 25th Amendment to be used to remove Trump from office for his role in inciting the Capitol riots - 11 of the Congressman's family members call him a disappointment "to us and to God". accuse him of being brainwashed, and supporting abortion and socialism, which they label "the ultimate sin". MS congressman Rep Bennie Thompson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are behind the legal action.

In the suit, Attorney Joseph M Sellers, of Cohen Milstein law firm, described Rep Thompson's anxiety at the time of the emergency.

These lawsuits proceeded during Trump's presidency, but could unfold more quickly now that he is out office because he cannot use his status as president to postpone deadlines.

Giuliani told the crowd "let's have trial by combat".

"The NCGOP agrees with the strong majority of Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution", the party's statement said.

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



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