The Impeachment is Over But the Criminal Prosecutions of Trump Begin
Conspiracy to Incite Capitol Riots
A lawsuit by the NAACP and Bennie Thompson accuses Trump and Rudy Giuliani of Conspiring to Incite U.S. Capitol Riot.
The NAACP, on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of conspiring to incite the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The lawsuit also names two right-wing groups, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. Some members of each group have been arrested in connection with the attack, which left five people, including one police officer, dead.
The lawsuit, filed in Washington alleges that Messrs. Trump and Giuliani and members of the two groups attempted to disenfranchise millions of Black voters by preventing Congress from fulfilling its official duties to certify election results—which they allege violates the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act. That law allows suits seeking compensation for constitutional violations.
The NAACP filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Thompson, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The suit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages. Additional members of Congress are expected to join as plaintiffs, according to Mr. Thompson’s legal team.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) voted to acquit Mr. Trump on Saturday, citing his belief that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who is no longer in office. But Mr. McConnell sharply criticized Mr. Trump’s actions and suggested he could still face repercussions through the justice system.
“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor Saturday, following the vote. “We have a criminal justice system in this country.”
Trump Still Liable
It seems as if McConnell welcomes if not invited these lawsuits.
Regardless, he clearly wants the party to purge itself of Trump.
As I have stated repeatedly, Trump's legal problems have just begun.
Mr. Trump also faces a defamation lawsuit from E. Jean Carroll, a journalist who accused Mr. Trump of raping her in a department-store dressing room in the 1990s. Ms. Carroll’s lawsuit, originally filed in November 2019 in New York state court, contended Mr. Trump defamed her when he denied the alleged rape after an excerpt from her book was published last year.
57 Senators Vote to Convict Trump
On February 13, I noted 57 Senators Vote to Convict Trump on Inciting an Insurrection Against the United States
Today was a sad day for the US Constitution. But this might be rectified in a real court of law.
Question of the Day
As noted on February 14, New York Prosecutors Put a Spotlight on Trump’s Flagship Properties
There will be more.