The lawsuit, first introduced by House Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP, accuses Trump and Giuliani of conspiring with extremist teams the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the riot on the Capitol.
“As I sat in my office on January 6th with rioters roaming the hallways, I feared for my life and thought I was going to die,” Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee mentioned in an announcement. “This invasion was a direct result of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and words. His calls to gather in Washington on January 6th and his message to ‘be strong’ thwarted the functioning of our Constitution.” Cohen reveals within the lawsuit that he escaped to his workplace close to the Capitol when the mob invaded it on January 6, sitting with the lights turned off and a baseball bat in his hand for safety for two to three hours.
The members becoming a member of the lawsuit are Cohen, Reps. Karen Bass of California, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Veronica Escobar of Texas, Hank Johnson Jr. of Georgia, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Barbara Lee of California, Jerry Nadler of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Maxine Waters of California.
Nadler and Waters have been particularly outspoken and fiery critics of Trump throughout his presidency. Nadler led the primary House impeachment of Trump in late 2019, and, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he referred to as for Trump’s impeachment and removing from workplace the day after the Capitol revolt. Trump was in the end acquitted in each Senate impeachment trials.
“Those responsible for placing me and my colleagues in danger must face accountability for their criminality,” Nadler mentioned in an announcement. “This violence was anything but spontaneous; it was the direct result of a conspiracy to incite a riot, instigated by President Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.”
Waters spoke out forcefully against Trump earlier than the House impeachment vote in January, calling him “the worst President in the history of the United States.” In the lawsuit, Waters discloses that following the January 6 assault she elevated the quantity of safety personnel who travels along with her to and from her California residence.
The lawsuit is backed by the NAACP, and its president, Derrick Johnson, accused the previous President of inciting “a meticulously organized coup … that placed members of Congress and the integrity of our democracy in peril.”
In addition to Trump and Giuliani, the far-right extremist teams Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are additionally named as defendants. This newly filed amended criticism moreover names as defendants the Warboys LLC, which operated together with the Proud Boys, and Enrique Tarrio, the alleged chief of the Proud Boys and Warboys.
Attorneys for Trump and Giuliani haven’t responded to requests for remark.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, beforehand mentioned the previous President didn’t incite or work to incite riots on the Capitol.
“President Trump has been acquitted in the Democrats’ latest Impeachment Witch Hunt, and the facts are irrefutable,” Miller mentioned in an announcement in February. “President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6th rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.”