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House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell Sues Trump for Inciting Capitol Riot

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, the California Democrat who spearheaded impeachment arguments against Donald Trump in January, has sued the former president and some of his most powerful allies for their roles in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

The lawsuit was filed Friday and it aims to hold Trump—as well as his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)—accountable for inflaming tensions and causing the riot.

It follows a similar lawsuit that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP served to Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club last week. Like Thompson’s suit, it cites the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which was designed to protect lawmakers from violence and intimidation.

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