Dem Congressman Sues Trump, Giuliani Over Capitol Riot

Ross Houston
February 17, 2021

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday accusing Giuliani and Trump of conspiring with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the January 6 insurrection.

It wrote: "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".

The lawsuit from Mississippi's Rep. Bennie Thompson is part of an expected wave of litigation over the January 6 riot and is believed to be the first filed by a member of Congress.

Clearly angry in his speech on the Senate floor, he said Trump's actions around the time of the attack on Congress were "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty".

It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office
It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office Credit AFP

Trump adviser Jason Miller dismissed the allegations in the lawsuit, citing Trump's acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.

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In explaining his vote, Burr said Trump "bears responsibility" for the January 6 attack - which left five people dead, including a police officer - and lambasted the ex-president for using his office to "inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault".

Now out of office and without the protections that the presidency afforded him, Trump is facing multiple criminal investigations, civil state inquiries and defamation lawsuits by two women accusing him of sexual assault.


"Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African American voters", Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a press release. MS congressman Rep Bennie Thompson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are behind the legal action.

A person familiar with the matter previously told CNN that Trump instructed his staff to stop paying Giuliani's legal fees. The statute was intended specifically to protect against conspiracies, attorney Joe Sellers said.

Sellers, a lawyer with the Washington law firm of Cohen Milstein, filed the case along with the NAACP.

On Monday, a newly elected district attorney in Georgia said he is looking into potential racketeering charges against Giuliani for his repeated false claims of election fraud.


Following news of the suit, it emerged Mr Trump is no longer represented by Mr Giuliani although he "remains an ally and a friend" of the former President.

Giuliani remained one of Trump's most loyal supporters throughout his presidency, even though his close relationship with the president has resulted in numerous legal troubles of his own.

He's one of just a few House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, as well as strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee posts.


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