US Representative Swalwell sues Trump over 6 January insurrection

05 Mars, 2021, 21:59 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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"These statements were meant to have the effect, and did have the effect, of communicating strategies for accomplishing the aims of the Defendants' illegal conspiracy to other members of the conspiracy, including the persons who took violent action on January 6, 2021", the Swalwell suit stated.

The 65-page lawsuit from Swalwell alleges a conspiracy to violate civil rights, violations of the D.C. Anti-Terrorism Act, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Thursday alleging that they and others are "responsible for the injury and destruction" of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The lawsuit also alleges the former president acted negligently and aided and abetted assaults carried out by the pro-Trump mob, and therefore is liable under Washington, DC, law.

A Democratic congressman has sued Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other allies of the former president over the deadly attack on the US Capitol when violent Trump supporters tried to stop the certification of Trump's election defeat.

He is believed to be the first member of the former Trump administration to directly charged in connection with the ransacking of the Capitol.

"The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable effect of the Defendants' unlawful actions", the complaint stated. "It's a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee".

"Such statements included falsely claiming that the election had been "rigged" and that fraudulent voting had been widespread enough to affect the outcome".

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"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", the suit said.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is suing former President Donald Trump and his allies over the Capitol riot.

Trump was impeached over the Capitol attack in mid-January, but was acquitted in the Senate last month. Swalwell was an impeachment manager in Trump's second impeachment proceedings over the January 6 riot. It also quoted Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), who said Trump could be held accountable "in a court of law". Swalwell's suit cited these remarks from McConnell.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But Trump spokesperson Jason Miller in response to the suit told the Washington Post, "Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility".

Brooks denounced Swalwell and the lawsuit in a statement provided to Insider by his office. But Swalwell's lawsuit, like the one by Thompson, was brought against Trump in his personal, not official, capacity. "In sum, I wear Communist-sympathizer Swalwell's scurrilous and malicious lawsuit like a badge of courage".

Swalwell does not identify as a socialist, nor is he widely considered to be among the more left-leaning Democrats in Congress.

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