N.A.A.C.P. Sues Trump and Giuliani Over Election Fight and Jan. 6 Riot
WASHINGTON – The NAACP filed a federal lawsuit against the former president on Tuesday morning Donald J. Trump And his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani claimed that he violated 19th-century law when he tried To stop authentication Of Election On 6 January.
Civil Rights Organization Representative Benny Thompson brought the lawsuit on behalf of the Democrat of Mississippi. According to the NAACP, other Democrats in Congress – including Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey – are expected to join as plaintiffs in the coming weeks.
The lawsuit states that Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 statute that includes protection against violent conspiracies that interfered with Congress’ constitutional duties; The suit also names the Proud Boys, the far-right nationalist group, and the sworn-in militia group. Legal action alleges Mr. Trump, Mr. Giuliani and conspiracy to incite both groups A violent riot In the capitol, with Aim to stop Congress From certifying the election.
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An adviser to Mr. Trump, Jason Miller, said in response to the lawsuit that the Senate had acquitted the former chairman of the impeachment article for a rebellion. The Senate voted 57–43, falling by the required two-thirds majority to plead guilty.
“President Trump did not plan, build or organize a January 6 rally on Ellipse. President Trump did not claim to incite or incite any violence in the Capitol on January 6,” Mr. Miller said in a statement on Tuesday.
In the lawsuit, Mr Thompson said he was forced to wear a gas mask and hide on the floor of the House gallery for three hours “to hear threats of physical violence against any member who passed the Electoral College vote count” Tried to proceed to approve. “Mr. Thompson also, according to the suit, heard a gunshot, which he did not learn until the latter was killed. Vulgar babitOne of the rioters in the capital lobby.
Mr. Thompson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in Washington. The suit does not include a specific financial amount.
Mr Thompson, 72, claims that the health risks required for the shelter were later increased in a tight area that social disturbances did not allow. Mr. Thomson wrote the lawsuit that shared limited space with two members of Congress, who tested positive for coronovirus shortly after the attack at the Capitol.
In an interview on Monday, Mr. Thompson said he would not bring a lawsuit against Mr. Trump if the Senate pleaded guilty to it Impeachment case last week.
“I was afraid for my life,” Mr. Thompson said. “Not a day passes that I don’t think about this incident. I was committed to seeing the justice brought to this situation. “
He said: “This is me, and others hope that we will have our day in court to address the atrocities of January. 6. I trust the superior judgment of the courts because obviously Republican members of the Senate cannot do so Were the ones who presented the evidence heavily. “
Mr. Thompson said he had already received a second dose of the Kovid vaccine by January 6 and therefore did not quarantine after his close contact with colleagues who tested positive. But he said, “There were many members who were very concerned about being placed in those numbers with people who refused to wear masks.”
Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have recently held Mr. Trump accountable in the courts for the riots. Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Mr. Trump in the impeachment trial, but then appeared in the courts to encourage people to contest his fight.
“Nothing has been found yet,” Mr. McConnell said at the conclusion of the trial, note: “We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation.”
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the decision to seek compensation and punitive damages was rooted in the history of the devices that have worked to fight the fight against white supremacy.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Ku Klux Klan that bankrupted a chapter,” he said, Referring to a 2008 ruling against a Kentucky-based Klan organization that ordered the group to pay $ 2.5 million in damages. “It is much the same. If we do nothing, we can be sure that these groups will continue to grow and grow boldly. We should curb the spread of white supremacy. “
Although much of the impeachment trial rested on how the violent mob was threatening former Vice President Mike Pence as well as congressional leaders such as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, NAACP officials said the attack was rooted in racial injustice .
NAACP Deputy General Manager Janet McCarthy Lard said, “Understanding this rebellion was the action of those who were challenging the voices of people of color.” If you look at whose votes were being challenged, these would be largely Arrived in urban areas. The votes of people of color were being challenged. “
The suit, for example, accuses Mr. Giuliani of trying to “reject the votes cast by voters in Detroit, which has a population of 78 percent African-American.” It also states that Mr. Giuliani incorrectly claimed that polling in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., “Both have a large African-American population.”
Joseph M. Sellers, a partner at civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, who filed the case jointly, said the lawsuit is in Mr. Trump’s name in his personal capacity as another branch of government to do his job. His conduct that is challenging is out. Official duties of the President.
“He was embroiled in conduct that has hitherto been outside the purported legitimate scope of any of his presidential duties,” Mr. Sellers said. “He no longer has presidential immunity.”