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

Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters in Florida

Mr Thompson alleged that Mr Trump, Mr Giuliani and the two groups conspired "by force, intimidation and threats" to prevent him from discharging his official duty to carry out the certification of Mr Biden's election win.

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 United States president.

"The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College", according to a press release announcing the lawsuit.

Thompson's lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, aims to do just that.

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

Soon, additional members of Congress-including Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey-are expected to join the suit as plaintiffs.

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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".

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

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington three days after Trump was acquitted of supporting insurrection in an impeachment trial in the Senate. MS congressman Rep Bennie Thompson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are behind the legal action. The statute was intended specifically to protect against conspiracies, attorney Joe Sellers said.

The suit cites incendiary comments that Trump and Giuliani made in the weeks leading up to the riot and on the day of it that lawyers say were created to mobilise supporters to work to overturn the election results and to prevent the congressional certification process.

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. That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol.

Mitch McConnell pushed Trump's trial until he was no longer president then said you can't find a former president guilty in an impeachment trial (he's wrong).

McCain was responding to co-host Sunny Hostin, who slammed Republicans who voted to acquit Trump in the Senate.



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