A Democratic representative on Tuesday filed a complaint against former President Donald Trump, his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing extremist groups, accusing them of conspiring to block the validation of election results on the 6th. January.
By preventing the complainant and his congressional colleagues from performing their official duties, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani as well as the groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers violated an 1871 law to combat the Ku Klux Klan, which de facto prohibits interfering with the constitutional duties of Congress, said Representative Bennie Thompson, the initiator of the appeal filed in federal court for the District of Columbia.
“WASHINGTON — The N.A.A.C.P. on Tuesday morning filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald J. Trump and his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, claiming that they violated a 19th century statute when they tried to prevent the certification of the election on Jan. 6.
The civil rights organization brought the suit on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi. Other Democrats in Congress — including Representatives Hank Johnson of Georgia and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey — are expected to join as plaintiffs in the coming weeks, according to the N.A.A.C.P.
The lawsuit contends that Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 statute that includes protections against violent conspiracies that interfered with Congress’s constitutional duties; the suit also names the Proud Boys, the far-right nationalist group, and the Oath Keepers militia group. The legal action accuses Mr. Trump, Mr. Giuliani and the two groups of conspiring to incite a violent riot at the Capitol, with the goal of preventing Congress from certifying the election.”Source