Representative Eric Swalwell, one of the House impeachment managers, filed a lawsuit against former President Trump saying he should be held financially responsible for the destruction on January 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill.
The California Democrat filed a 65-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, on Friday against Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks accusing them of inciting. to the January 6 riots and demanding that they be held accountable in court for the suffering that followed.
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“The defendants rounded up, aroused and incited the mob and as such are fully responsible for the injuries and destruction that followed,” Swalwell said in a statement about the lawsuit.
Swalwell’s lawsuit alleges nine counts against Trump and others ranging from conspiracy to violate civil rights to intentionally inflicting emotional distress on Swalwell.
The lawsuit does not specify the amount of money and punitive damages Swalwell is seeking. It demands a jury trial.
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Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, criticized Swalwell in a statement to Fox News for the congressman’s ties to a suspected Chinese spy, known as Fang Fang or Christine Fang. Federal authorities alerted Swalwell to Fang’s activities around 2015 in a defensive briefing, Axios first reported.
“Eric Swalwell is a credible criminal who was caught ‘dating’ the Chinese spy Fang-Fang and makes unpleasant body noises on national television,” Miller said in a statement. “Now, after failing miserably with two impeachment hoaxes, ‘Mr. Fang-Fang’ is carrying out the orders of his Chinese masters and attacking our greatest president with yet another witch hunt. It is a shame that a committed member of Congress like Swalwell is still sitting on the House Intelligence Committee. “
Swalwell was on the team of House Democrats that prosecuted the impeachment case against Trump earlier this year on a charge of inciting an insurrection. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
Trump’s legal team argued that the former president’s comments at a rally before the violence erupted on January 6 did not incite the unrest and Trump specifically called on supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically” toward the Capitol.
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Swalwell is not the first member of Congress to sue Trump over the January 6 riots. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, filed a lawsuit in February alleging that Trump instigated the violence that prevented Congress from certifying President Biden’s Electoral College victory.
“His joyful support for violent white supremacists led to a violation of the Capitol that put my life and the lives of my colleagues in grave danger,” Thompson said last month when filing his lawsuit.