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Former Guy Served in Civil Rights Lawsuit in January 6th Insurrection

Former Guy Served in Civil Rights Lawsuit in January 6th Insurrection

Donald Trump has been served with a civil rights lawsuit that accuses him of inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection. The suit alleges that Trump incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol with his false claims about a “stolen” election, which the complaint says amounted to a conspiracy under the 1871 “Klan Act” to interfere with civil rights by stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

Filed last month, Trump was formally served on Wednesday at his Mar-A-Lago club by Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the NAACP. “Donald Trump has to go away,” Thompson said at the time. “If he doesn’t, we will put him out of business.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Crowds gather for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.(Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Along with Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys. and the Oath Keepers are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

“The Defendants conspired to prevent, by force, intimidation and threats, the Plaintiff, as a Member of Congress, from discharging his official duties to approve the count of votes cast by members of the Electoral College following the presidential election,” the lawsuit alleges.

It accuses the defendants of acting “in concert to incite and then carry out a riot at the Capitol” that “created grave danger of harm” to Thompson and other lawmakers.

Similar to the case laid out by Democrats in Trump’s impeachment trial last month, the suit lays out a timeline of Trump’s “concerted campaign” to retain power at any cost, from his refusal to commit to a peaceful transition before the election to his explicit endorsement of efforts to overturn the election result to his fiery rally speech on January 6th.

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Trump “solicited the support of, and endorsed the belligerent and violent actions of, organizations such as the Proud Boys that expressed support of his reelection,” the suit alleges.

It’s unclear who will represent Trump, the Proud Boys, and the Oath Keepers in the suit, but court records show that Austin, Texas-based attorney Joseph D. Sibley IV accepted service of the suit on behalf of Giuliani.


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