NAACP, US Congressman Sue Trump, Far-Right Groups Over Capitol Riot

Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters in Florida

Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters in Florida

The lawsuit, filed on Thompson's behalf by the NAACP and the civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, accuses Trump and the other defendants of violating the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by trying to interfere in Congress' certification of the Electoral College count.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson is suing former President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two far-right groups - the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers - for allegedly conspiring to incite the deadly violence on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

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, said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi.

Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, filed the suit against Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

Minutes after the Senate voted Saturday, the Senate's longest-serving Republican leader said Trump's actions surrounding the attack on Congress were "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty".

Fresh off of the Senate voting to acquit him for inciting the mob behind the deadly Capitol insurrection last month, Trump's decision to cut ties with Giuliani on legal matters comes amid the former president and his now-former personal lawyer facing a slew of legal battles. That's the same level of support he had in November, Morning Consult reports, before it slipped just after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Here's an explanation of how Trump's leaving office affects his criminal and civil exposure. McConnell also said Trump can be held liable in the court system.

"In this respect, because of his conduct, he is just like any other private citizen", he said.

"I've been very hesitant to comment but since my deceased father keeps getting invoked I will say this: John Weaver and Steve Schmidt were so despised by my Dad he made it a point to ban them from his funeral".

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.

The North Carolina GOP voted to formally rebuke Burr after he voted to convict Donald Trump in his latest impeachment trial.

Trump had signaled frustration with Giuliani last month after he became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Though the impeachment case focused squarely on accusations of incitement, the lawsuit more broadly accuses Trump of conspiring to disrupt the constitutional activities of Congress - namely, the certification of election results establishing Biden as the rightful victor - through a months-long effort to discredit the outcome and to lean on individual states and his own vice president to overturn the contest.

He added Mr Giuliani "remains an ally and a friend, ' and confirmed there was "no split or divorce or anything of the sort".

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