In what is expected to become a tidal wave of litigation against FORMER President Trump, Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has filed a federal lawsuit against him, his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and wing nut extremists, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers,. The suit alleges Trump conspired with Giuliani and these groups “to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden. “
A Trump adviser, Jason Miller, said in a statement Tuesday that Trump did not organize the rally that preceded the riot and “did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.” A lawyer for Giuliani did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
The suit was filed in federal court in Washington under a Reconstruction-era law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act. It does not specify any punitive and compensatory damages.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Ku Klux Klan that bankrupted a chapter,” he said, referring to a 2008 judgment against a Kentucky-based Klan outfit that ordered the group to pay $2.5 million in damages. “This is very similar. If we do nothing, we can be ensured these groups will continue to spread and grow in their boldness. We must curb the spread of white supremacy.”