Former President Donald Trump has been served with a lawsuit filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) accusing him of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
Law&Crime reported last month, when the lawsuit was filed, that the far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers militia movement were also named as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump and the others “conspired to incite an assembled crowd to march upon and enter the Capitol of the United States for the common purpose of disrupting” the counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6—the day that thousands of Trump supporters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol Complex following a speech by the 45th president at the White House Ellipse.
Represented by NAACP attorneys, Thompson is suing in his individual capacity as a member of Congress. He claims the alleged conspiracy used “force, intimidation and threats” to prevent himself “and other Members of Congress from discharging [their] official duties.”
The publication noted the relevant part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States, or from discharging any duties thereof; or to induce by like means any officer of the United States to leave any State, district, or place, where his duties as an officer are required to be performed, or to injure him in his person or property on account of his lawful discharge of the duties of his office, or while engaged in the lawful discharge thereof, or to injure his property so as to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties.
Law&Crime reported that “the lawsuit also accuses Trump and Giuliani of having conspired before Jan. 6 by repeatedly invoking discredited conspiracy theories about the November 2020 presidential election somehow being stolen.”
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