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Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz called Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell's lawsuit againsta "political stunt" with "mind-boggling implications."
Speaking to Newsmax in a video shared toon Saturday, Dershowitz likened the lawsuit to "suing God for writing the Bible."
"It certainly is a political stunt, the implications of it are mind-boggling. That means you can suefor any violence that ensued from their platform," he said.
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.@AlanDersh tells @CarlHigbie "it is certainly is a political stunt, the implications of it are mind-boggling" referring to Eric Swalwell's lawsuit against Trump. https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/lHWnUkxfzH— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 6, 2021
"I guess the final implication is you can sue God for writing the Bible, because the Bible led to the crusades and other violence. And you could sue Imam's for making speeches in churches and in mosques and synagogues," he added.
Dershowitz's comments come after Swalwell, a California congressman,against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL), for inciting the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The civil lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., and accused Trump and his allies of "inciting an attack against the Capitol that terrorized lawmakers and prevented us from doing our jobs of certifying the votes of the American people."
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In the lawsuit, Swalwell alleges that Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks prompted the violent siege with their repeated claims of voter fraud, their encouragement that supporters come to D.C. on January 6, and through their speeches that day.
"Trump directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed and then watched approvingly as the building was overrun," the lawsuit read. "The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants' unlawful actions. As such, the Defendants are responsible for the injury and destruction that followed."
The violence on January 6 – which left five people dead and several others injured – ultimately led to Trump's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Swalwell was one of the House impeachment managers who argued against the former president.
But Trump was ultimately, with seven joining in voting to convict him.
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Swalwell's lawsuit comes after a similar motion was filed last month byalleging that Trump incited the assault in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era statute prohibiting interference with ' constitutional duties.
In the interview with Newsmax, Dershowitz said Swalwell's lawsuit was just "political theater" that wouldn't get past a motion to dismiss.
"This suit will be thrown out on First Amendment grounds, it shouldn't get past a motion to dismiss. It is just political theater, but it endangers our First Amendment just to have the lawsuit brought," he said.
In response to the lawsuit, Trump advisor Jason Miller said Swalwell had "no credibility," and was attacking Trump with "yet another witch hunt,"
Similarly, a comment from Brooks shared with Newsweek on Friday called Swalwell's lawsuit a "meritless ploy."
"Under no circumstances will Swalwell, or any other Socialist, stop me from fighting for America," Brooks said.
Trump facing another lawsuit over US Capitol attack
A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Friday against former president Donald Trump, his son Donald Jr, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a Republican lawmaker for allegedly inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Trump, Donald Jr, Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks, a congressman from Alabama, all spoke at a rally which preceded the January 6 attack on Congress by Trump supporters seeking to block the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory."Unable to accept defeat, Donald Trump waged an all out war on a peaceful transition of power," Swalwell said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
Newsweek contacted Trump and Swalwell for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
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