Ten House Democrats have joined a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting a riot that resulted in a breach of the Capital Building on January 6.
The suit, originally filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP, claims Trump, along with attorney Rudy Guuliani, conspired with the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys to incite a riot that would disrupt the formal counting of the Electoral College votes.
“The carefully orchestrated series of events that unfolded at the Save America rally and the storming of the Capitol was no accident or coincidence. It was the intended and foreseeable culmination of a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process required to confirm the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College,” the filings stated. “The insurrection at the Capitol was a direct, intended, and foreseeable result of the Defendants’ unlawful conspiracy.”
House Democrats who joined the lawsuit include Maxine Waters, Karen Bass, Barbara Lee, Steve Cohen, Veronica Escobar, Hank Johnson, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Pramila Jayapal, Jerrold Nadler, and Marcy Kaptur.
The group claimed several damages as a result of the incident, including difficulties falling asleep, difficulty ingesting food, and jumpiness when hearing loud or unfamiliar noises. Representative Escobar stated she has had to seek professional treatment for her violent nightmares.
Text of the entire lawsuit can be read here. Defendants have yet to file a response to the pleadings.