Representative Eric Suwellwell, one of the chamber’s impeachment managers, filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, saying he should be financially responsible for the January 6 destruction when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
On Friday, the California Democrat filed a 65-page lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, against Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and GOP spokesman Mo Brooks, accusing them of inciting the January 6 riot. and insisting that they be held accountable in court for the suffering that followed.
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“The defendants gathered, inflamed and incited the crowd and as such are fully responsible for the subsequent injuries and destruction,” Suwellwell said in a statement in the case.
Suwellwell’s case alleges nine charges against Trump and others, ranging from a conspiracy to violate civil rights to deliberately inflicting emotional stress on Suwellwell.
The case did not specify the amount of money and damages that Swalwell is seeking. He insists on a trial.
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Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, rips Swalwell in a statement to Fox News about the congressman’s ties to an alleged Chinese spy known as Fang Fang or Christine Fang .
“Eric Suwellwell is a short, untrustworthy man who has been caught dating Chinese spy Fang-Fang and making disgusting body sounds on national television,” Miller said in a statement. “Now that he has failed with two impeachment hoaxes, Mr. Fang-Fang is carrying out the orders of his Chinese masters and attacking our greatest president with another witch hunt. It is a disgrace that a compromised member of Congress like Suwell is still sits on the chamber’s intelligence committee. “
Swalwell was on the Democrat team in parliament, which is prosecuting the impeachment case against Trump earlier this year for an indictment incitement. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
Trump’s legal team claims that the former president’s comments at a rally before the outbreak of violence on January 6 did not provoke a riot, and Trump specifically called on supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol.
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Swalwell is not the first member of Congress to sue Trump for the Jan. 6 uprising. Representative Benny Thompson, Ms. Minnesota, filed a lawsuit in February, alleging that Trump incited the violence that prevented Congress from certifying the victory of President Biden’s Electoral College.
“His joyful support for the violent white superiors has led to a disruption of the Capitol that has put my life and the lives of my colleagues in serious danger,” Thompson said last month, filing his lawsuit.