- Former US president Donald Trump is being sued for allegedly inciting the riots which engulfed the US Capitol in chaos on January 6
- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson filed a federal lawsuit against the former president
- Trump was recently acquitted in his second impeachment hearing of inciting the riot, however, he is expected to face a number of legal challenges over the January 6 incident
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson has filed a federal lawsuit against former US president Donald Trump.
He has accused the president of inciting the deadly riot which resulted in right-wing extremists storming the U.S Capitol in an attempt to stop the US election result from being certified.
This is the first in what is expected to be a series of legal challenges for Donald Trump stemming from the violence on 6 January 2021.
Included in the list of defendants is Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as pro-Trump groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers according to CNN.
Thompson filed the charges under the Ku Klux Klan Act, which was first established in response to the KKK's violent protests and intimidation.
Last week the United States Senate has found former president Donald Trump not guilty on charges of inciting an insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6.
US Senate finds Donald Trump not guilty of inciting Capitol Hill violence
Donald Trump survived his second impeachment trial. Photo: Donald Trump.
Trump's rowdy supporters invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, in a bid to quell President Joe Biden's certification process.
According to a report by CNN, the Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial, with 57 senators voting for his conviction while 43 voted for his acquittal in the charges related to the violence.
The House fell short of 10 votes to reach the required two-thirds majority to convict the former head of state.
Although Trump's acquittal was hailed as a success, it may lead to further legal challenges. Some of the Republicans who voted that Trump was not guilty in the impeachment hearing have said that the courts are the proper place to challenge Trump according to the Daily Mail.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the newly elected US president Joe Biden has said none of his family members will be involved in policymaking in his administration.
Biden affirmed that his administration will borrow much from the former president Barack Obama whom he served as his vice president for two terms which ended in 2017.
In his interview with The People published on Wednesday, February 3, the president reassured the Americans that his leadership style will be extremely different from his predecessor Donald Trump.
In other news, US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill decorated the White House lawn with hearts in preparation for Valentines Day.
The presidential couple posed for pictures and answered journalists' questions on the lawn of the White House surrounded by giant hearts with inspirational messages written on them.
The concept was Jill Biden's idea, she wanted to give the country "surprise Valentine messages". The decorations were inspired by "conversation hearts" and had words such as “unity,” “compassion” and “courage” written on them.
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Source: Briefly News