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- The NAACP is suing Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani for their alleged connection to the Capitol riot.
- The suit also named the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as defendants.
- It accuses them of violating the Klu Klux Klan Act by conspiring to incite a riot.
A Mississippi congressman and the NAACP have filed suit against former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and two extremist groups in connection to the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
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The suit was brought on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson â€" the House Homeland Security chairman â€" and alleges that Trump, Giuliani, the Oath Keepers, and Proud Boys violated theby conspiring to incite a riot in an effort to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
During the, Thompson was among lawmakers who were forced to lie on the floor and don gas masks to avoid the rioters, the suit said.
Thompson was eventually led out of the Capitol to the Longworth House Office Building to shelter in place in a room with more than 200 other lawmakers, staff members, and family members. At 72, Thompson is at an increased risk of COVID-19 complications. Two other people who were trapped in the confined space with Thompson later tested positive for the coronavirus, the suit said.
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Democrats played a 13-minute video montage of the riot, which could set rioters' attorneys up for a tough jury selection and a difficult defense. "Many of the clips have never been seen before and present damning evidence against those charged in the riots," Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told Newsweek. "There is no more powerful evidence than video, and nothing their defense attorneys say can overcome these graphic images."More than 180 people have been charged on the federal level for their alleged role in the Capitol riot.
"During this entire time, Plaintiff Thompson reasonably feared for his physical safety," Attorney Joseph M. Sellers, of the human-rights firm Cohen Milstein wrote in the suit. "While trapped in the building, during the siege by the rioters that Defendants unleashed on the Capitol, Plaintiff Thompson feared for his life and worried that he might never see his family again."
The suit alleges Trump and Giuliani's rhetoric ahead of the riots, specifically their efforts to misinform their supporters about the legitimacy of the election results, incited the violence.
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and the anti-government militia group , who were also named as defendants in the suit, have have already been accused by law enforcement of preemptively planning the riot.
Thompson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in the Federal District Court in Washington.
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Trump is being sued personally because he "acted beyond the outer perimeter of his official duties," Sellers wrote.
Thompsonhe wouldn't have brought the suit against Trump if the Senate had voted to convict him during his second
During the insurrection, Thompson heard a gunshot ring out. He later learned it was the momentas she broke into the building.
"January 6th was one of the most shameful days in our country's history, and it was instigated by the President himself. His gleeful support of violent white supremacists led to a breach of the Capitol that put my life, and that of my colleagues, in grave danger,"
"It is by the slimmest of luck that the outcome was not deadlier," he said. "While the majority of Republicans in the Senate abdicated their responsibility to hold the President accountable, we must hold him accountable for the insurrection that he so blatantly planned."
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6 men who guarded Roger Stone in DC stormed the Capitol,The New York Times found. All of those guards are reportedly associated with the Oath Keepers, a militant extremist group. Some Oath Keepers planned for the insurrection, according to court documents obtained by Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Six people who guarded Roger Stone in Washington, DC, before the January 6 Capitol riot participated in the insurrection, according to an investigation by The New York Times.
Asked about Rep Bennie Thompson filing a civil suit against former Pres Trump after the Capitol siege,says Pres Biden supports the rights of individuals & members of Congress to "take steps through the judicial process." She wouldn't comment further than that.
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In a statement to Insider, a spokesman for Trump denied that the former president incited violence at the Capitol, and tried to shift blame to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser.
"President Trump has been acquitted in the Democrats' latest Impeachment Witch Hunt, and the facts are irrefutable," Jason Miller wrote. "President Trump did not plan, produce or organise the Jan. 6th rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6th."
Insider's Tom LoBianco contributed to this report.
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