On Friday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) filed suit against FORMER President Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks. This is the “second major lawsuit seeking to hold Trump and his allies accountable for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.”
Salwell’s suit is similar to a previous suit filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson against Trump, Giuliani, and the extremist groups the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. It also makes some of the same claims as Thompson’s — “citing a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan’s intimidation of elected officials. “
But Swalwell “also alleges Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks broke Washington, DC, laws, including an anti-terrorism act, by inciting the riot, and that they aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on the members of Congress.”
“The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that — if actually true — might indeed justify violence, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action,” the lawsuit, in Washington, DC’s federal District Court, alleges.