NAACP, chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, is suing Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys, oath-keepers for the Capitol Insurrection conspiracy
The NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, sued former President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing groups on Tuesday for conspiracy to spark the deadly January 6 uprising in the U.S. Capitol .
The lawsuit, which is expected to include other Democratic lawmakers, cites the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, accusing the defendants of conspiring to prevent Congress from electing Joe Biden to confirm to the president.
This law was passed fifteen years after the end of the civil war in response to the violence of the racist KKK and its intimidation against members of Congress from the south.
The defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, include Trump and Giuliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups, members of which are known to be among the thousands of people who visited the Capitol last month have penetrated.
The lawsuit comes three days after Trump was acquitted of instigating the uprising in his second Senate impeachment trial. Only seven Republicans voted to condemn Trump.
Trump had said without evidence for months before Election Day that the 2020 presidential contest would be fraudulent, and two months after his loss to Biden, he falsely claimed he won the election and there had been widespread election rigging affecting the official results had to the Democrats.
On January 6, just before the Capitol invasion, Trump, Giuliani, and other speakers at a rally outside the White House encouraged supporters to oppose the confirmation of Biden's victory by a joint congressional session, which is usually a formality.
In a press release announcing the lawsuit, the NAACP said: "The uprising was the result of a carefully crafted plan by Trump, Giuliani, and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared the common goal of using intimidation. Harassment and Threats to Stop Electoral College Certification. "
"They carried out their plan successfully. After seeing the Capitol police barricade the doors of the house's chamber with furniture, Congressman Thompson and other lawmakers put on gas masks and were taken to the Longworth House office building to take them with." More than 200 other representatives, employees and staff members sought protection. "
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of a coordinated plan to undermine the democratic electoral process and block the legal votes on millions of ballot papers cast by black Americans.
"January 6th was one of the most shameful days in the history of our country and was instigated by the president himself," Thompson said in a statement.
"His joyful support of violent white supremacists resulted in a rupture of the Capitol that put my life and that of my colleagues in grave danger. It is a coincidence that the outcome was no more fatal. While the majority of Republicans in The Senate have a responsibility to holding the president accountable has been given up. We must hold him accountable for the uprising he has so obviously planned. "
Thompson added that the failure to hold the defendants accountable "only invites this kind of authoritarianism to the far right anti-democratic forces that are so intent on destroying our country".
Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, said in a statement: "President Trump was acquitted in the recent Democratic witch hunt and the facts are irrefutable."
"President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the January 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not instigate or conspire violence in the Capitol on January 6," Miller said.
He added that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, "and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, have to answer questions about why they turned down additional Security and National Guard assistance in the run-up to Jan. 6."
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.