The head of the Committee on Homeland Security of the U.S. House of Representatives Benny Thompson filed a lawsuit in Washington court against former U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. It is reported by The Hill.
The lawsuit on obstruction of Congress was supported by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
According to the text of the document, Trump and Giuliani allegedly colluded with the far-right organization’s Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys to develop a plan to stage a riot in Capitol Hill on January 6. According to the congressman, this was done to prevent the outcome of the presidential election from being approved.
“The defendants intended to prevent and ultimately delay members of Congress from fulfilling their imputed responsibility under the U.S. Constitution to approve the results of the electoral votes necessary to elect the next president and vice president,” Thompson stressed.
In the lawsuit, Trump is listed as an individual from whom the Democrat seeks compensation: its amount is not specified.
Thompson also stressed that by their actions, the named organizations of the former head of state and his lawyer “violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871”, which prohibits the actions that interfere with the work of Congress.
Earlier, Nancy Pelosi, the press secretary of the U.S. president, said that Congress would take measures to prevent a repeat of the events of January 6. On that day, Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Congress building, interrupting a session at which the parliament was to approve the election results.
On Jan. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass an impeachment resolution. The U.S. Senate recognized the process as constitutional.