Democratic Congressman Sues Trump over Role in Capitol Riot

  • Democratic Congressman Sues Trump over Role in Capitol Riot

Democratic Congressman Sues Trump over Role in Capitol Riot

"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".

But at the conclusion of the trial, Mr McConnell penned a scathing op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he excoriated Mr Trump's behaviour during and after the riots as "unconscionable" and suggested the former president could still be criminally liable for his actions.

The case against Mr 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.

CNBC quotes Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, to have denied the allegations that Trump orchestrated the riots.

Former President Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers conspired to violate the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibits any actions created to prevent Congress from carrying out its duties, when they incited the January 6 riot at the Capitol, a new lawsuit from the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee alleged.

The lawsuit accuses the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers of spearheading the assault on the Capitol while Trump and Giuliani incited the mob.

There was no immediate comment from Giuliani.

He added Mr Giuliani "remains an ally and a friend, ' and confirmed there was "no split or divorce or anything of the sort".

On Monday, a newly elected district attorney in Georgia said he is looking into potential racketeering charges against Giuliani for his repeated false claims of election fraud. "I'll be darned if they're going to take our free and fair vote".

As detailed in the NAACP's press release on Tuesday, those who participated in the violent (and ultimately fatal) Capitol riot "made clear" their actions were inspired by Trump.

The attack on the Capitol temporarily halted the certification of Biden, left five people dead and scores injured.

The FBI and federal prosecutors have been increasingly focusing on whether members of far-right extremist groups conspired to impede Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election victory. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.

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". It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

This report contains material from Bloomberg News and Reuters.