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Congressman sues Trump over riot

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/16/21, 05:45 pm

The Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee accused former President Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday of inciting the deadly insurrection on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. The suit from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is part of an expected wave of litigation over the riot. It also names as defendants Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and several extremist groups that participated in storming the Capitol.

What are the grounds for the lawsuit? Thompson is suing under a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which prohibits violence or intimidation meant to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties. The court complaint alleges the defendants carried out a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process of confirming the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College. The Senate on Saturday acquitted Trump of charges of inciting the riot. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called for a commission to investigate the circumstances leading to the insurrection and how the government should respond.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JDC
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 06:46 pm

    How much is Pelosi's Commission going to cost the taxpayers?

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 08:28 am

    It's a bipartisan commission. McConnell has endorsed it as well.

  • Postmodern Redneck
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 06:59 pm

    The item above labels him "R-Miss."  He is not a Republican, he is a Democrat.

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:29 pm

    To quote it as it is written I see this, "Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss".  The "Rep." means Representative. Nothing Republican about it.   

  • WORLD’s Mickey McLean
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 11:09 am

    Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected his party affiliation. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:39 pm

    If we could take an x-ray of this man's skull, we could see Donald Trump, living rent-free in this man's head, for years to come. 

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 11:45 am

    Just like Trump to stiff a guy out of his rent:)

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 07:01 pm

    Good one Old Mike.


    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 07:05 pm


    It's funny what you say since Trump did NOT even collect a PRES. paycheck for 4 YEARS.

    And Pelosi gets a raise without doing anything. They made sure it just happens.  

    Posted: Thu, 02/18/2021 10:05 am


    I do actually appreciate Trump's not collecting a paycheck, especially with all his financial troubles. But my humor did have some truth behind it...

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 02:31 pm

    Leave it to Pelosi/Schumer to hold the trial (impeachment) first and gather the evidence (commission to investigate) afterwards.

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 07:03 pm

    If the evidence is from the FBI, Trump will have a very difficult time getting TRUTH. 

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 07:00 pm

    This is PALIN all over again. Obama's minions filed a pile of lawsuits. Her assistant in the gov. office tried to raise money to help her pay for the lawsuits and someone kept her from doing that. That is what you get when you tell the truth. 

    And for all I know or care Obama was born on the moon. But he was NOT born in the U.S.A.!


    Posted: Thu, 02/18/2021 10:03 am

    1. Palin all over again. I agree.

    2. Obama not born in USA. Please share your source. It is wrong to spread untruths, and as far as I know, the theory that Obama was born elsewhere has been completely debunked. If you have inside information to prove that wrong, share it. Otherwise, please have enough respect not to intentionally spread falsehoods.