Dem House Rep. Sues Trump Over Riot at Capitol and 'Conspiring With Extremists'

© AFP 2022 / ROBERTO SCHMIDTIn this file photo taken on January 6, 2021, police detain a person as supporters of US President Donald Trump riot outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. -
In this file photo taken on January 6, 2021, police detain a person as supporters of US President Donald Trump riot outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. - - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.02.2021
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This comes three days after Trump was acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial that focused on allegations that he incited the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Mississippi’s Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has filed a lawsuit against the former US President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol and of "conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups" to prevent the Senate from officially certifying Joe Biden's presidential win.  

This lawsuit is believed to be the first one filed by a member of Congress – it seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, media reports say.

Apart from Trump, the case names his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers organisations as defendants. The latter’s members were charged for their involvement in the Capitol siege.

Members of the Oath Keepers provide security to Roger Stone at a rally the night before groups attacked the US Capitol, in Washington, US, 5 January 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.02.2021
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Last week, the US Senate acquitted Trump of inciting insurrection at his second impeachment trial, which was triggered by Democrats following the 6 January storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. Seven Republican lawmakers joined with Democrats in voting to convict Trump, short of the seventeen required to pass the 67-vote threshold.  

Five people died and dozens were injured during the storming of the Capitol by a group of Trump supporters on 6 January as lawmakers gathered inside the building to officially announce Democrat Joe Biden as the next president. As the storming unfolded, the Capitol was placed under lockdown and the lawmakers were evacuated before resuming the election results' verification hours later.

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