A federal lawsuit alleging that former President Donald Trump, his lawyer and far-right extremists on Capitol Hill conspired to deprive Americans of their civil rights by disrupting the tally of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory with the January 6 riot is developing this week. .
Lawyers for the NAACP, which filed a complaint earlier this year on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), are expected to file an amended complaint Wednesday by adding 10 new plaintiffs, two people familiar with the case. The new plaintiffs will include other members of Congress, and the amended complaint would contain additional information about the deadly January 6 riot in Washington, DC, which then-President Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani are accused of. have prompted, sources added.
The addition of new complainants was the first reported by The New York Times Tuesday.
Thompson’s complaint, initially filed in February, accuses Trump of violating the 1871 Ku Klux Klan law, which is more than a century old, which makes it a federal crime to “conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation or threat ”of officials in the performance of their duties or in the performance of their official duties.
Thompson has named the far-right groups the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys as defendants alongside and alleged co-conspirators alongside Trump.
Trump has appointed Jesse Binnall, a veteran of his campaign legal team and former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn, to represent him in the trial.
The expansion of the Thompson trial comes as Trump’s legal problems after the presidency escalate even as his party and the Conservative movement tried to get through the January 6 riot and insurgency-related deaths so quickly as possible.
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