Trump facing another lawsuit over US Capitol attack

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 5, 2021

The lawsuit also sues all four defendants for "infliction of emotional distress" over the Capitol riot.

Swalwell's lawsuit alleges Trump and his allies broke a USA law that prohibits conspiracies to violate civil rights.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, filed the complaint on Friday against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging defendants were responsible for inciting a riot.

"In claiming for weeks that President Biden's victory was in fact the largest act of fraud in American history; in seeing that some of Trump's supporters were willing to engage in violence in response to such claims; and in using highly inflammatory language in repeating the false claims of fraud at the rally before sending the crowd to the Capitol, the Defendants at a minimum acted negligently", the complaint alleges.

"As a direct and foreseeable effect of the Defendants' false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants' express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the US Capitol", the suit stated. "The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable outcome of the Defendants' unlawful actions". "The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that- if actually true-might indeed justify violence to some, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action".

Swalwell accuses the defendants of inflicting severe emotional distress on members of Congress, and states that they aided and abetted violent insurrectionists. The suit outlines how Trump and his allies stoked the riot with false claims about the election being "stolen".

One of the House impeachment managers has filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and several Trump allies who spoke at the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally that immediately preceded the assault on the U.S. Capitol and temporarily derailed the official proceedings for counting the Electoral College votes.

Thompson and the NAACP, a civil rights organization, filed suit against Trump, Giuliani and two right-wing groups, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, last month. "Many participants in the attack have since revealed that they were acting on what they believed to be former President Trump's orders in service of their country". Swalwell was an impeachment manager in Trump's second impeachment proceedings over the January 6 riot. After Trump was acquitted, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the former president could still be held accountable by the criminal justice system or face "civil litigation".

The former president, Trump Jr., and Giuliani did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement that Swalwell "is a low-life with no credibility".

"Unable to accept defeat, Donald Trump waged an all out war on a peaceful transition of power", Swalwell said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

"Under no circumstances will Swalwell, or any other Socialist, stop me from fighting for America", Brooks added.

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