Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the House’s chiefs of staff, filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, saying he should be held financially responsible for the devastation on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
The California Democrat filed a 65-page lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC on Friday against Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., his attorney Rudy Giuliani and the GOP rep. Mo Brooks, who accused them of inciting January 6 riots and demanding that they be held accountable in court for the suffering that followed.
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“The defendants gathered, inflamed and incited the crowd and as such are fully responsible for the damage and destruction that followed,” Swalwell said in a statement about the trial.
Swalwell’s trial alleges nine charges against Trump and the others ranging from conspiracy to civil rights violations to intentional infliction of emotional distress on Swalwell.
The lawsuit does not specify the amount of money and criminal damages that Swalwell is seeking. He is demanding a lawsuit.
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Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, tore up Swalwell in a statement to Fox News for the congressman’s ties to an alleged Chinese spy known as Fang Fang or Christine Fang. Federal authorities warned Swalwell about Fang’s activities around 2015 in a defensive briefing, Axios first reported.
“Eric Swalwell is a low-life without credibility who was caught ‘dating’ with Chinese spy Fang-Fang and making disgusting body noises on national television,” Miller said in a statement. “Now, after failing hard with two impeachment hoaxes,” Mr. Fang-Fang “makes bids from his Chinese masters and attacks our greatest president with yet another witch hunt. It is a disgrace that a compromised member of Congress like Swalwell is still sitting on the House Intelligence Committee.”
Swalwell was on the House Democrats’ team that prosecuted the prosecution case against Trump earlier this year for an occasion to incite a revolt. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
Trump’s legal team argued that the former president’s remarks at a demonstration before the January 6 violence did not encourage the riots, and Trump specifically called for supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol.
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Swalwell is not the first member of Congress to sue Trump for the January 6 riots. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Filed a lawsuit in February alleging that Trump instigated the violence that disturbed Congress from certifying the victory of President Biden’s election colleague.
“His happy support for violent white supremacy led to a breach of the Capitol that put my life and the lives of my colleagues in grave danger,” Thompson said last month as he filed his lawsuit.