The NAACP, on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson (D., Mississippi), filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of conspiring to incite violent disturbances on the US Capitol. U.S. January 6th.
The lawsuit also names two right-wing groups, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. Some members of each group have been arrested in connection with the attack, which left five people dead, including a police officer.
The lawsuit, filed in Washington, alleges that Messrs. Trump and Giuliani and members of the two groups attempted to disenfranchise millions of black voters by preventing Congress from fulfilling its official duties to certify election results, thereby which, according to them, violates the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. That law allows lawsuits seeking compensation for constitutional violations.
Lawmakers were in the process of certifying President Biden’s election victories on January 6 when rioters invaded the Capitol, halting the process for hours. Lawmakers and aides were hastily removed from the House and Senate chambers, huddled in office buildings, and in some cases hidden for hours until police were able to put an end to the riot. Videos played during the impeachment showed the mob on the verge of finding aides hiding in the Capitol.
“January 6 was one of the most shameful days in the history of our country, and it was instigated by the President himself. His gleeful 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 in a statement.