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Dem's lawsuit accuses Trump of inciting deadly Capitol riot

 

February 17, 2021

John McDonnell, Washington Post via AP

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has sued former President Donald Trump, alleging Trump incited the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

WASHINGTON - The House Homeland Security chairman accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit Tuesday of inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.

The lawsuit from Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson is part of an expected wave of litigation over the Jan. 6 riot and is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. It also names as defendants Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, and the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, extremist organizations that have had members charged by the Justice Department with taking part in the siege.

"All I wanted to do was do my job, and the insurrection that occurred prevented me from doing that," Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters Tuesday as he recounted his harrowing experiences as Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol and disrupted the constitutionally mandated process of certifying the election.

https://www.startribune.com/dems-lawsuit-accuses-trump-of-inciting-deadly-capitol-riot/600023673/

 

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