10 House members sign on to NAACP lawsuit accusing Trump of inciting Capitol riot

WASHINGTON — Ten Democratic members of Congress have joined in a federal lawsuit accusing former President Donald Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and of conspiring with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to President Joe Biden.

Similar to the case made by the House impeachment managers in the Trump’s second impeachment trial, the lawsuit bases its claim on the actions made by Trump in the weeks and months leading up to the riot. Trump’s defense team said he was exercising his right to political speech, and Trump was acquitted.

The following lawmakers announced Wednesday they were joining the suit originally filed in February by the NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who is the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee:

  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
  • Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas
  • Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

The NAACP said in a statement that the lawmakers seeking to join the suit were personally impacted by the Jan. 6 riot, and the amended lawsuit includes details that each member of Congress experienced on that day at the Capitol. 

Lawmakers narrowly escaped the violence at the Capitol, the lawsuit claims, and feared for their lives. The newly revised suit alleges some lawmakers considered their deaths, and that some were also exposed to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 as they hid from the rioters.

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