Eric Swalwell Sues Trump & Allies Over Capitol Riot
Chinese Communist Party-linked Democrat launches fresh anti-Trump campaign
Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announced Friday he is suing President Donald Trump and his allies over the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.
Ex-House impeachment manager Swalwell (D-CA) confirmed he will also sue Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks.
The move by Swalwell is the second major lawsuit seeking to hold Trump and his associates accountable for the Jan 6 attack.
Last month, a similar suit was filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) against Trump, Giuliani, and the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups.
Swalwell’s case echoes some of the same claims as Thompson’s.
Both cite a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan’s intimidation of elected officials.
According to Axios, the lawsuit accuses Trump and his allies of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the defendants.
- “As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, ” the complaint alleges.
- Swalwell alleges the defendants, “by force, intimidation, or threat, agreed and conspired with one another to undertake a course of action to prevent” Joe Biden from being certified as the election winner and holding office.
- Trump and Brooks are being sued in their “personal capacity.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a requirement the defendants provide written notice seven days in advance of a rally or public event hosted on an election day.
Swalwell's lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the law firm KaiserDillon PLLC.
CNN reports that the new lawsuit and Thompson’s claims are likely to go hand-in-hand in D.C.’s federal trial court.
Both cases could potentially even before the same judge, Amit Mehta, who was appointed by Barack Obama.
Swalwell was one of the impeachment managers who attempted to persuade the U.S. Senate to block Trump from holding the office of president again, saying Trump incited the violence.
The Senate, though, voted to acquit Trump.
Swalwell has previously said Trump had “radicalized” his supporters the same way the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had, as Breitbart reported.
Fang targeted several aspiring politicians from 2011 to 2015, with a reported focus on California Congressman Swalwell.
Swalwell is one of the youngest members of the House and someone who Fang reportedly helped raise funding for.
The Democrat rep has refused to say whether he had a sexual relationship with Fang, arguing that the information is "classified."