A Democratic lawmaker has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani's lawyer and other associates of the former president, seeking compensation for the January 6 invasion of the Capitol.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the attack, which killed five people, was "the immediate and foreseeable consequence" of the illegal actions of Trump, Giuliani, the eldest son of former President Donald Trump. , Republican MP Mo Bruce and others.
"As a result, the defendants are responsible for the injuries and damage that followed," said Eric Swallwell, a Member of the Knesset for Kadima.
Swallow was one of the lawmakers who took on the role of prosecutor in Trump's Senate trial last month, accusing him of inciting violence. The Senate voted in favor of ousting the former Republican president.
The lawsuit is based on evidence from Trump's Twitter post before the invasion, and describes the former president's efforts to pressure state officials not to declare Joe Biden the winner of the election.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller called Swallow an "unreliable bastard" in a statement.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Swallow is the second lawmaker to sue Trump. It was preceded last month by Benny Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who accuses Trump, Giuliani and two far-right groups of plotting to incite unrest.
In his lawsuit, Swallow is seeking monetary compensation for allegedly violating a law that prohibits conspiracies to infringe on civil rights.
Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Swallowell's lawsuit is not a "toy" but could eventually lead to a Trump jury.