Donald Trump sued for U.S. Capitol attack under 19th century Ku Klux Klan law

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The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington (file)

Washington:

A senior Democratic Congressman sued former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of violating the 19th century Ku Klux Klan Act by supporting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Bennie Thompson accused Trump of violating the 1871 Act by his attorney Rudy Giuliani and extremist groups, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, by supporting efforts to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the new US President .

Thompson, the black man and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, cited a law originally created to protect the rights of African Americans after the Civil War and the end of slavery.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington two days after Trump was acquitted for aiding the uprising in a Senate impeachment trial.

While a majority of the Senate, 57 of the 100 members, voted for a condemnation, it fell short of the required two-thirds majority.

The law was supposed to give the US president the power to oppose violent racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan, which arose after the civil war of 1861-1865 to fight equality for black Americans.

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A rarely-cited clause in the 1875 Act prohibits the conspiracy to prevent federal officials from carrying out their duties.

Thompson alleged that Trump, Giuliani and the two groups conspired “with violence, intimidation and threats” to prevent him from completing his official duty to confirm Biden’s election victory.

“The defendants acted collectively to instigate and then conduct a riot in the Capitol by promoting a gathering of individuals engaging in, or threatening, tumultuous and violent conduct that posed a serious threat to the plaintiff and other members of Congress,” he said said.

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