Democratic congressman sues Trump over role in US Capitol riot

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The suit specifically alleges that both Trump and Giuliani violated what's often referred to as the Ku Klux Klan Act, which was passed in 1871 and is aimed at protecting against conspiracies created to obstruct constitutional duties.

A federal lawsuit accusing Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers of conspiring to incite a violent riot at the Capitol on January 6 has been filed by the NAACP and the civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

It claims that Trump, Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers conspired to incite a mob, march on the Capitol and through force, intimidation and threat prevent Congress' counting of the Electoral College votes.

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

"The Defendants each meant to prevent, and ultimately delayed, members of Congress from discharging their duty commanded by the United States Constitution to approve the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States", the lawsuit said.

Miller said in a tweet that Giuliani remained an "ally and a friend" and is not representing Trump only because there are no pending cases in which he's involved.

Working with the far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, Trump and Giuliani "acted in concert to incite and then carry out" the Capitol insurrection, according to a complaint by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss.

The suit is the first against Trump since the Senate acquitted him Saturday in his second impeachment trial.

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It wasn't clear exactly how many students were rounded up, but estimates put the figure at between 20 and 40. But fresh protests again flared in the city, including near the central bank where troops were deployed.

Joseph Sellers, chairman of Cohen Milstein's civil rights and employment practice, told Law.com that the suit cites conduct by Trump that allegedly incited the riots.

Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the November 3 presidential election, with Trump irked that McConnell had recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the victor.

Giuliani could not be immediately reached for comment.

In the statement, which was released through the Save America political action committee, Trump largely blamed McConnell for the party's 2020 losses in the Senate, claiming the Senate official "did nothing" as Democrats gained control of the congressional chamber.

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.

Though the impeachment case focused squarely on accusations of incitement, the lawsuit more broadly accuses Trump of conspiring to disrupt the constitutional activities of Congress - namely, the certification of election results establishing Biden as the rightful victor - through a months-long effort to discredit the outcome and to lean on individual states and his own vice president to overturn the contest. That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol.

"Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty", said McConnell, noting Trump is "still liable for everything he did".

Trump had signaled frustration with Giuliani last month after he became the first president in United States history to be impeached twice.

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