Representative Eric Schwell, one of the attorneys at Donald Trump’s second indictment, filed a lawsuit Friday against the former president, his son, his lawyer and a Republican lawmaker, alleging that their actions led to the Jan. 6 violent, dangerous uprising.
The California Democrat filed his lawsuit in federal court in Washington. It alleges that there was an illegal association to infringe on civil rights, negligence, harassment and emotional distress. This is similar to the case filed by Rep. Bernie Thompson on January 6 last month in an attempt to hold the former president accountable for his actions, in which the Senate acquitted him.
Svalbell’s accusation was that Trump, his son Donald Jr., former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alabama’s Republican Rep.
The case details how Trump, Giuliani and Brooks spread false allegations of voter fraud before and after the results of the 2020 presidential election, accusing them of rooting out thousands of protesters before attacking Capitol. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the violence.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller called Svalbard a “hateful” man and “unreliable.”
“Now, after the tragic failure of two fraudulent political trials, Milwaukee is still attacking the greatest of our presidents with a witch hunt,” Miller said.
Using Trump’s words, the former president was prosecuted for inciting riots, accusing his lies about the election results of convincing his supporters that he had robbed him of victory, inciting a violent mob through his speech, and doing nothing. To see his supporters smashing the windows of the Capitol as legislators flee.
“In this moment of national horror, acquaintances said Trump was’ delighted ‘and’ shocked that others on his team were not as excited as he was. Others described Trump as’ almost excited ‘by the unleashed violence.
Historically, presidents have had widespread opposition to prosecuting their actions as commander-in-chief, but like Thompson, the case was brought against Trump on personal, unofficial grounds.