Second Lawmaker Sues Trump Over Capitol Riot


Democrats in Congress have blamed President Donald Trump over the 6 January violence at the Capitol complex in Washington, DC, impeaching him on charges of “inciting an insurrection” in an attempt to permanently bar him from another run for office. Five people including four protesters and a police officer died in the mayhem.

Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell has filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani and others.

The case is the second one of its kind to be filed by a US lawmaker. Last month, Mississippi Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson filed a suit accusing Trump of “conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups” to prevent the Senate from formally certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory. That case named Trump and Giuliani, as well as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as defendants. Multiple members of the latter groups have been investigated by the FBI and other security agencies over their actions on 6 January, with Democratic officials accusing them of extremism, racism and even “domestic terrorism.”

Swalwell’s case also lists Donald Trump Jr. and Republican Congressman Mo Brooks as defendants, and alleges that the violence was a “direct and foreseeable consequence” of illegal actions by Trump and his allies.

Along with money, the lawsuit is seeking to make it so the defendants provide written notice of plans to hold any rally or public event on an…

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