Trump, Giuliani Hit by Civil Rights Lawsuit

Former President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been served in a civil rights lawsuit that claims Trump conspired with Giuliani and far-right extremist groups in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election.

Lawyers for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI), who serves as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and the NAACP delivered the lawsuit to the former president at Mar-a-Lago, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday. Giuliani’s lawyer, Joseph D. Sibley, accepted the papers on behalf of the former mayor of New York.

“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,” the lawsuit alleges. The suit also accuses Trump and Giuliani of acting “in concert to incite and then carry out a riot at the Capitol” that “created grave danger of harm” to Thompson and other lawmakers in the Capitol.

The suit goes on to say Trump “solicited the support of, and endorsed the belligerent and violent actions of, organizations such as the Proud Boys that expressed support of his reelection.”

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