A senior Democratic congressman sued former president Donald Trump Tuesday, accusing him of violating the nineteenth century “Ku Klux Klan Act” by supporting the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.
Bennie Thompson accused Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and extremist teams the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers of violating the 1871 act by supporting efforts to cease Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the brand new US president.
Thompson, who’s Black and the chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, cited a legislation initially created to guard the rights of African Individuals after the Civil Battle and the tip of slavery.
The lawsuit was filed in federal courtroom in Washington two days after Trump was acquitted of supporting revolt in an impeachment trial within the Senate.
Whereas a majority of the Senate, 57 of the 100 members, voted for conviction, it fell wanting the two-thirds majority required.
The act was designed to provide the US president powers to oppose violently racist teams just like the Ku Klux Klan which sprung up within the wake of the 1861-65 Civil Battle to oppose equal rights for Black Individuals.
One seldom-invoked clause of the act, 1875, forbids conspiracy to hinder federal officeholders from performing their jobs.
Thompson alleged that Trump, Giuliani and the 2 teams conspired “by drive, intimidation and threats” to stop him from discharging his official responsibility to hold out the certification of Biden’s election win.
“The defendants acted in live performance to incite after which perform a riot on the Capitol by selling an meeting of individuals to have interaction in tumultuous and violent conduct or the specter of it that created grave hazard of hurt to the Plaintiff and to different Members of Congress,” he stated.
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