A federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his lawyer and far-right extremists in the wake of the January 6 attack on the capital is reportedly getting some new heavyweight plaintiffs.
The NAACP lawsuit alleging that Trump, Rudy Giuliani and members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers conspired to incite a riot in an effort to prevent certification of the 2020 presidential election is expected to add 10 new plaintiffs, including other members. congressional. on Wednesday, according to The New York Times and The Daily Beast.
Attorneys for the civil rights organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson in February, alleging that the former president and his attorney, along with far-right extremist groups, violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 by depriving Americans of their rights. civil rights and the interruption of the electoral vote count on January 6.
In addition to the new plaintiffs, the amended lawsuit will also include additional information about the deadly riot in Washington DC, according to The Beast.
During the violent siege, Thompson was among lawmakers who were forced to don gas masks and lie on the ground in an effort to avoid rioters, according to the lawsuit. The representative from Mississippi. he was eventually driven out of the Capitol to the Longworth House office building, where he took refuge in his place with more than 200 lawmakers, employees, and family members.
Trump chose Jesse Binnall, a Republican lawyer who filed a “Stop the Seal” lawsuit in Nevada, who tried and failed to overturn the 2020 election results, to represent him in the lawsuit, The Beast reported.
The expanded lawsuit comes as Trump faces a host of other legal problems since leaving office in January.
Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, announced in February that they were officially launching a criminal investigation into whether Trump committed election interference by pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” additional votes in the presidential race. of the state. In New York, prosecutors are investigating his financial dealings, while the state attorney general is civilly investigating whether Trump’s organization illegally inflated the value of its assets to obtain tax breaks.
Meanwhile, the former president is also facing a lawsuit from two Capitol police officers, who allege that Trump “aroused, encouraged, incited, directed and aided and abetted” the mob that injured both men on January 6. Representative Eric Swalwell of California. He has also filed a lawsuit against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Giuliani and Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama for allegedly inciting insurrection.