Jessica Marie Watkins (2nd from L) and Donovan Ray Crowl (Center), both from Ohio, march down the steps of the US Front with the Oath Keepers militia group among supporters of US President Donald Trump in Washington, January 6, 2021 Both have since been prosecuted by federal authorities for their role in the siege of the U.S. Capitol.
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Ten more Democratic congressmen attended a federal lawsuit on Wednesday that accused former President Donald Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and several right-wing extremist groups of conspiring to incite the deadly January 6 Capitol complex uprising.
The case, first filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., And the NAACP, accuse the defendants of violating a federal law by triggering the violence with the intent of preventing Congress from confirming the election of President Joe Biden. The cited law, the Ku Klux Klan Act, was first used in the late 1
In addition to Trump and Giuliani, the suit names extremist groups Oath Keepers, The Proud Boys and War Boys as defendants.
The members of the House who joined the cause were: California Representatives Karen Bass, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters; Steve Cohen of Tennessee; Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey; Veronica Escobar of Texas; Hank Johnson Jr. from Georgia; Marcy Kaptur of Ohio; Jerry Nadler of New York; and Pramila Jayapal of Washington State.
An amended version of the case, which added the new House members as plaintiffs and made additional charges, was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC. It seeks a declaratory judgment that the defendants violated the law through their conduct, an injunction against similar acts in future and unspecified financial damages.
The uprising in the Capitol began shortly after Trump, Giuliani and other supporters of the then president spoke to thousands of people at a meeting outside the White House, urging people to help them fight the confirmation of Biden as president.
Trump and his lawyers for several months erroneously claimed he was deceived out of an election victory by widespread vote-rigging in several states.
Five people died as a result of the uprising, including a Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick.
The case accuses the defendants of coordination in an effort to undermine the democratic electoral process and to block the legitimate votes of millions of votes cast by black Americans.
“I have joined this complaint as a plaintiff because the threat to the security of both our democracy and me individually was overtly and violently disregarded. There must be responsibility for the violent disruption of our business and personal fears that have arisen,” said Watson Coleman in a statement.
A spokesman for Trump and Giuliani did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The suit says that during hundreds of rebels’ invasion of the Capitol complex, Cohen began to consider where he would be buried if killed, and that he sat in the dark in his office for hours holding a baseball bat during the disturbance. .
It is noted that Jayapal tested positive for Covid-19 days after she and other house members sought shelter during the riot in a small room where some representatives refused to wear masks.
And the case says that Lee, after realizing she had escaped being wounded or killed during the riot, began completing plans for her property after January 6th.
Thompson said in a statement: “I am pleased that ten of my colleagues are being joined by this critical attempt to hold former President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys to account for their respective roles in the January 6 attacks on Capitol. “
“We owe it to our families, the American public and history to come to the truth about the conspiracy that drove a violent crowd to ravage the Capitol in an attempt to stand in the way of the peaceful transfer of power,” Thompson said.