Ten House Democrats signed on to a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump, attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and two extremist groups of conspiring to incite the violent Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to block Congress’s affirmation of the 2020 election.
The members of Congress are adding their names to the NAACP’s lawsuit first filed in February in District Court in Washington, one in a series of civil and criminal cases targeting the former president.
The lawsuit alleges Trump, Giuliani and members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers sought to harass and impede the work of Congress in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, a post-Civil War law barring violent interference in Congress’s duties.
“We must send a clear message to Donald Trump and everyone involved in inciting, planning, and carrying out the insurrection that there will be full accountability and justice for this lethal attack targeted at preventing us from doing our job,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a statement.
In addition to Jayapal, the members joining Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and the NAACP in their lawsuit are: Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.); Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.); Hank Johnson, Jr. (D-Ga.); Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio); Barbara Lee (D-Calif.); Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.); and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
All the lawmakers were present in the House gallery as the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol. Many could see broken windows and the faces of the rioters on the other side of the doors and heard the shouting and gunshots.
The Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial in February on charges of inciting the Jan. 6 attack. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted for acquittal but said there was “no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible” for what happened that day.
Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller has said “the facts are irrefutable” that the former president did not “plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6th rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.”