Mississippi Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson filed a civil lawsuit in federal court accusing former U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of conspiring with far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the January 6 uprising. This was reported by CNN on February 16.
The lawsuit was the first civil document filed against a politician in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol. It came to the office a few days after the Senate acquitted Trump in impeachment proceedings.
If the lawsuit is heard by the court, the former president and other politicians will testify, revealing details and evidence that were not made public during the impeachment process.
Thompson points to Trump’s words and tweets in the months leading up to the uprising. According to the plaintiff, the politician was preparing his supporters for an attack to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6.
The lawsuit cites a rarely used federal law enacted after the Civil War that was designed to combat violence by the Ku Klux Klan. The law allows civil lawsuits against people who use “force, intimidation or threats” to prevent someone from performing their official duties.
On Feb. 13, the U.S. Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in impeachment proceedings. Fifty-seven senators voted in favor of acquitting the former U.S. leader, while 43 voted to condemn Trump. It is noted that among those who voted to condemn the former president, not only Democrats, but also seven representatives of the Republican Party.
The impeachment did not garner the necessary two-thirds vote, Trump was acquitted on sedition charges.
Trump’s lawyers called the trial against him an unconstitutional Democratic political theater and urged the Senate to acquit the politician.