A Democratic congressman on Tuesday sued former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two extremist groups, alleging they incited the deadly Capitol riot in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The suit by Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson claims Trump and Giuliani launched a drawn-out attempt to overturn the election results that culminated with the Jan. 6 riot, which was spearheaded by far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
The suit was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, under a 19th-century law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act and is the first in a number of suits expected to be filed against Trump after his acquittal by the Senate in his second impeachment trial.
“During the presidential campaign, Defendant Trump repeatedly declined to agree
that, regardless of the outcome of the election, he would ensure a peaceful transition of power,” the suit states.
“In doing so, he solicited the support