John McDonnell / The Washington Post via AP / PoolRep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi speaks during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 2020. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post via AP / Pool)
A Democratic congressman accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday of inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol and of conspiring with his lawyer and extremists to try to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election.
The lawsuit from Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.
The case also names as defendants the former president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and groups including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, fringe groups that had members charged by the Justice Department with taking part in the Capitol incursion.