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Don Jr and Rudy Secure Dismissals, But Trump Must Face Three New Lawsuits Over Jan 6th Liabilities

Don Jr and Rudy Secure Dismissals, But Trump Must Face Three New Lawsuits Over Jan 6th Liabilities

Donald Trump’s lawyers are about to get even busier.

Just over a year ago, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sued Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys, and the Oath Keepers in a lawsuit which accused them of having “conspired to incite an assembled crowd to march upon and enter” the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Thompson filed his complaint on February 16th while the attacks were still fresh in the public’s memory, and alleged that Trump, Giuliani, and the militia members all conspired to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Law and Crime reported on Friday that a federal judge has advanced three lawsuits seeking to hold Donald Trump civilly liable for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump must face accusations from multiple lawsuits that he violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era law designed to punish conspiracies to interfere with civil rights. “The Act was aimed at eliminating extralegal violence committed by white supremacist and vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan and protecting the civil rights of freedmen and freedwomen secured by the Fourteenth Amendment,” U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta wrote in his 112-page ruling.



Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Capitol Police officers also alleged in subsequent and separate lawsuits that Trump “directed” their assaults. Swalwell’s suit also named Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) as defendants. Giuliani and Trump Jr. succeeded in dismissing the claims against them, but the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio did not. Judge Mehta rejected Brooks’s claim of immunity as a federal lawmaker but invited him to file a motion to dismiss, which the judge said he “will grant.”

Judge Mehta also denied a request from Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to be freed while awaiting his trial for seditious conspiracy.

Read Judge Mehta’s full ruling at Law and Crime.

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