Former President Donald Trump has been served his first lawsuit in connection with the deadly insurrection he incited on January 6 after he ordered a crowd of supporters to march to the US Capitol to “fight” to overturn the election results.
According to the Daily Beast, attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club with a civil rights lawsuit filed against him in February.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and false claims of a “stolen” election amounted to a conspiracy to interfere with civil rights by inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
The suit names Trump alongside his attorney Rudy Giuliani and the right-wing extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as co-defendants and builds off the 1871 “Klan Act,” which was “intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties,” according to a complaint.
As noted by The Beast, “the suit adds to a growing list of legal troubles now facing former President Trump, his family, and his associates, since leaving office.”
The Supreme Court in February ruled against the former president to allow Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to obtain copies of Trump’s tax returns. The paperwork is reportedly part of a city fraud investigation looking into whether the former president lied about the value of his assets in order to gain financial advantages.
You can read the entire report here.