Donald Trump asks judge to delay trial of slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick’s partner in the aftermath of Jan. 6 while his federal case unfolds
- Former President Donald Trump’s legal team wants a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Capitol Police officer’s partner, Brian Sicknick, to be stayed
- His attorneys have asked that a judge clear the 2020 federal election and have the Jan. 6 case go first
- Sicknick’s longtime partner Sandra Garza sued Trump and two Capitol rioters in January, seeking $10 million in damages
Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the late Capitol Police Officer’s partner Brian Sicknick be stayed while his Jan. 6 federal case unfolds.
Trump was indicted earlier this month on felony charges related to his roles in the attempt to nullify the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
His attorneys argued that the federal case should be resolved before the wrongful death lawsuit proceeds.
In January, Sandra Garza, Sicknick’s longtime partner before his death, sued Trump and two of the Capitol rioters, claiming his death was a “direct and foreseeable consequence” of their actions that day.
He has sought at least $10 million in damages from Trump and the two men accused of assaulting the Capitol police officer.
Former President Donald Trump (left) on Monday asked that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by partner of the late Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick (right) be put on hold while his federal case from 6 January unfolds.
Rioters are seen confronting Capitol Police officers during the violent riot on January 6, 2021
One of those men, Julian Khater, was sentenced to six years in prison later that month after pleading guilty to the assault after pepper spraying Sicknick in the face during the violent riot.
The other, George Tanios, was sentenced to the time he had already served in prison.
Sicknick died the day after the Capitol Riot after suffering two strokes
Tanios had bought the pepper spray.
Sicknick died a day after the Capitol riot, with the medical examiner saying his death was of natural causes, but added that “everything that happened played a part in his condition,” Capitol police said. considering it a “service” death.
He died after suffering two strokes.
Garza’s lawsuit charged Trump with overall culpability for the Jan. 6 violence and specifically for Sicknick’s death.
Trump attorneys Jesse Binnall and David Warrington pointed out that Garza waited two years after Sicknick’s death to file her wrongful death lawsuit, so she wouldn’t be hurt if the lawsuit took a little longer.
Trump, however, could be harmed by having to fight his lawsuit and the indictment by Special Counsel Jack Smith at the same time.
“Absent a stay, President Trump will be placed in the untenable position of either pleading this case fully and risking his criminal defense, or pleading the Fifth Amendment and hampering his chances of success in this case,” they said. Binnall and Warrington.
“Such a dilemma should especially be avoided when dealing with a former President of the United States and current frontrunner, running for President of the Republican Party in 2024,” Binnall and Warrington added.