Ten Democratic members of Congress have joined the NAACP’s lawsuit against former President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp creates tool to help support Asian-owned businesses Iran espionage-linked ship attacked at sea Biden exceeds expectations on vaccines — so far MORE, alleging he incited a mob to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The group of lawmakers joining the case includes House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerOn The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers House passes bill to renew Violence Against Women Act MORE (N.Y.), a House prosecutor in Trump’s first impeachment trial, as well as progressive Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalGosar’s siblings ratchet up criticism over Capitol riot Jayapal: Republicans ‘not actually interested in bipartisanship’ Biden risks first major fight with progressives MORE (Wash.) and three former chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus, California Reps. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeWhite House delays release of budget plan House panel advances bill to repeal 2002 war authorization Democrats ask Biden to reverse employee policy on past marijuana use MORE, Karen BassKaren Ruth BassSix women who could be California’s next senator Democrats spar over COVID-19 vaccine strategy The George Floyd bill offers justice for Black America MORE and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersCongress must help find a faster solution to pay 10 Million past due rents Biden faces decision time on eviction moratorium In defense of the misunderstood short seller MORE.
Trump on Jan. 6 “trampled our democracy, inciting a violent mob of white supremacists to overturn a free and fair election,” Lee said in a statement.
Nadler added: “This violence was anything but spontaneous; it was the direct result of a conspiracy to incite a riot, instigated by President Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.”
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Trump’s close ally, and both far-right groups are also listed in the complaint as being culpable for the Capitol violence. Both the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys face accusations of white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
The House Democrats joined their colleague Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonAmbitious House lawmakers look for promotions Lawmakers roll out bill to protect critical infrastructure after Florida water hack The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon’s March 4 date MORE (D-Miss.), who was part of the lawsuit when it was first filed.
The revised complaint was filed in the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., by the NAACP and law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.
January 6 “was the climax of a meticulously organized coup incited by Donald Trump that placed members of congress and the integrity of our democracy in peril,” NAACP president Derrick Johnson said in a statement.
In an interview with The Hill when the suit was first announced, Johnson described Trump’s actions as “treasonous.”
“For African Americans, we see a long history of people not being held accountable … and if we don’t hold people accountable, there becomes this entitlement that it’s OK to cause harm and violate the law,” Johnson said at the time.
The lawsuit states that Trump violated federal statutes tied to what is commonly referred to as the Ku Klux Klan Act.
Passed in 1871 during Reconstruction, the bill was the third law in a series of measures created by Congress to slow the violence against and intimidation of Black Americans at the hands of the white hate group following the Civil War.
While much of the law has since become obsolete, several parts have become codified as a statute, including 42 U.S.C. 1985(1) — the provision listed in the lawsuit.
The provision specifically safeguards against conspiracies meant “to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or…