Ten more members of Congress join lawsuit using anti-KKK legislation to indict Trump and Rudy Giuliani for ‘instigating’ the Capitol riot
- The lawmakers joined a lawsuit filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP
- They shared their personal stories as rioters ran wild in the building
- Rep. Steve Cohen ‘began to consider whether he would like to be buried with his family in Memphis or in the Congressional Cemetery’
- Rep. Pramila Jaypal was ‘exhausted and exhausted from the throbbing pain in her very swollen knee’
- Rep. Veronica Escobar’s ‘heart started pounding when she realized she might be trapped in the House Gallery’
Ten House Democrats have now joined a lawsuit first filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi that accused former President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of fueling the MAGA riot that left many of them in their offices shrank as a gang looted the Capitol.
The lawsuit based on the Ku Klux Klan act and accompanied by the NAAP is attended by prominent lawmakers, including Judiciary Committee Chair, Rep. Jerold Nadler of New York and the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters from California.
Representatives also participate. Steve Cohen from Tennessee, Karen Bass from California, Barbara Lee from California, Pramilia Jaypal from Washington, Bonnie Watson Coleman from New Jersey, Veronica Escobar from Texas, Hank Johnson Jr. from Georgia, Veronica Escobar from Texas, and Marcy Kaptur from Ohio.
Each signed on the suit in their ‘personal capacity’.
Jerold Nadler, Speaker of the House Judiciary, has joined a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani over the January 6 riot. The legislators were in the House House or its galleries when it happened
The lawsuit, one of several lawsuits against Trump before and after he left the White House, includes personal testimony from lawmakers trapped in convention halls.
It also mentions Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups, whose members are accused of participating in the riot and were photographed there on January 6.
Cohen, an outspoken critic of Trump, considered his own mortality during the siege, according to the lawsuit.
“Her heart started pounding when she realized she might be trapped in the House Gallery,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas).
DAMNED KNEE: Rep. Pramila Jaypal describes struggling to get to the floor when ordered to do so due to her recent surgery
MORTALITY: Rep. Steve Cohen considered where he would be buried as the riot raged
WHAT DOES THE KU KLUX KLAN ACT SAY?
If two or more persons in a state or territory conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of trust in the United States, or to perform any function thereof; or to similarly cause an officer of the United States to leave a state, district, or locality where his duties as an officer are to be performed, or to injure him personally or property because of his lawful discharge from office, or while he is in the course of the lawful performance thereof, or to damage his property in order to harass, interrupt, hinder or hinder him in the discharge of his official duties. ‘
“Expecting that he might not come out of the House Gallery alive, he began to consider whether he would like to be buried with his family in Memphis or in the Congressional Cemetery,” it says.
Cohen says, “When I sat in my office on January 6 with rioters roaming the halls, I feared for my life and thought I was going to die.
This invasion was a direct result of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and words. His calls to meet in Washington on January 6 and his message to “be strong” have thwarted the workings of our constitution. ‘
Afterwards, according to the application, he had problems falling and sleeping.
Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas was terrified during the riot. “Her heart started pounding when she realized she might be trapped in the House Gallery,” it says.
Jaypal describes having difficulty getting on the floor due to her recent surgery when ordered to do so.
Thompson filed a lawsuit on Feb. 16, following Trump’s Senate acquittal during his second impeachment trial.
When she left the room of the House and finally arrived in a safe room, she was “exhausted and exhausted from the throbbing pain in her very swollen knee.”
Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia says he was forced to face other lawmakers who “ couldn’t stand back socially ” because of their numbers. Johnson, then 66, feared he could contract the coronavirus at a time when the outbreak was raging.
The Injuries and Distress Catalog includes the language commonly used in personal injury claims against individuals or companies. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.
The lawsuit was filed under Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan law, which prohibits violence or intimidation to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties.