The ex-president raptly watched his followers on January 6 as they carried out his attempted coup. He was puzzled that his administration did not share his enthusiasm. After all, this was good TV, and one man even died. For what may be the first time in his life, someone may be holding this grossly spoiled 74-year-old man accountable for his actions.
The NAACP sued Trump on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Now it has just added 10 new plaintiffs with additional evidence about the January 6 alleged attempted coup at the Capitol Building. Those additions included other members of Congress. Both the ex-president and his sidekick/personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have been accused of inciting the mob that writhed before attacking the Capitol Building. They were intent upon hunting members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The addition of new plaintiffs was first reported in The New York Times on Tuesday. The federal lawsuit claimed:
‘Trump, Giuliani, and the extremist white nationalist groups worked together to halt Americans’ civil rights by interrupting the announcement of President Joe Biden’s electoral college count.’
The first lawsuit was filed in February. Thompson also added the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys as defendants, noting that they were accused of being co-conspirators, according to CNN:
‘[Trump] violated the more than a century old Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which makes it a federal crime to “conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat” officials from holding office or carrying out their official duties.’
Two Capitol Police officers, James Blassingame and James Hemby filed their lawsuit in late March. They pointed to the injuries they received during the January 6 riot. As longtime veterans of the Capitol Police for over a decade, they claimed:
‘[Trump] inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the “insurrectionist mob” that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 and caused both men’s injuries.’
Capitol police officer Blassingame acquired head and back pain and reoccurring depression as a result of his attempts to secure the Capitol Building against the insurgents. He is currently under an orthopedic physician’s care now.
Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) also filed a lawsuit against the ex-president. He accused Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL), Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. of inciting the mob, engaging in a conspiracy against civil rights.
The wayward former president has been looking at a growing number of criminal investigations and lawsuits. He decided to play the victim:
‘All of the suits are part of a growing parade of criminal investigations and lawsuits filed on a variety of matters that have dogged Trump, his family, his business empire, and his close associates in the months following the conclusion of his presidency.’
‘In recent weeks, the ex-president has privately griped that his enemies are going to be probing and “suing me for the rest of my life.”’
Trump dug up his campaign’s legal team member of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s defense team, Jesse Binnall as his attorney.
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