National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll have sued Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and two white supremacist groups for inciting January 6 Capitol riots and violating the 19th-century statute. Also Read: Donald Trump: 64% of Republican voters open to joining Trump-led new ‘MAGA Patriot Party’
What does it mean? According to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C, Trump and Giuliani, together with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers incited riots to disallow Congress from endorsing the results of the presidential election of 2020. This possibly means that Trump will continue to be surrounded by the legal issues despite getting termed innocent in his Senate impeachment trial earlier on Saturday.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, claimed that they violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 statute, intended to guard both previously enslaved African-Americans and policymakers in Congress from white supremacist violence. Also Read: Lil Wayne: Rapper thanks Donald Trump on Twitter for ‘another chance’ after pardon
According to the lawsuit, “Donald J. Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers conspired to incite an assembled crowd to march upon and enter the Capitol of the United States for the common purpose of disrupting, by the use of force, intimidation and threat, the approval by Congress of the count of votes cast by members of the Electoral College as required by Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.
“In doing so, the Defendants each intended to prevent, and ultimately delayed, members of Congress from discharging their duty commanded by the United States Constitution to approve the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States”.
The lawsuit said that the defendants conspired to prevent, by force, intimidation and threats, the Plaintiff, as a Member of Congress, from discharging his official duties to approve the count of votes cast by members of the Electoral College following the presidential election held in November 2020. Also Read: Snapchat bans Donald Trump, permanently!