There's A New Lawsuit Against Trump For Inciting The Capitol Riots & Violating The KKK Act

Two right-wing groups are also named in the suit.
Donald Trump U.S. Capitol Riots Lawsuit

A Democratic congressman filed suit against former President Donald Trump on Tuesday for conspiracy to incite the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6.

Included in the lawsuit as defendants are Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys, and a far-right organization called the "Oath Keepers".

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The insurrection at the Capitol was a direct, intended, and foreseeable result of [Trump's] unlawful conspiracy. Court documents filed on 02/16/2021

The federal lawsuit accuses Trump and Giuliani of violating the Klu Klux Klan Act — an 1871 law passed to crack down on white supremacist organizations. 

According to the official court filing, the Klu Klux Klan Act was "intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties."

The legal complaint essentially posits that Trump incited the U.S. Capitol riots in an effort to stop the Electoral College from confirming Joe Biden as the new president after his November 2020 election win over Trump.  

According to a press release announcing the lawsuit, per Reuters, "the insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College."

This is the latest legal attempt to hold Trump responsible for the Capitol riots.

On February 13, the former president was acquitted by the U.S. Senate in his second impeachment trial for his role in the "insurrection". 

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