An elected Democrat of the United States Congress filed a complaint this Friday against Donald Trump, the second against the former president. He accuses him of having “incited an attack on the Capitol” by his supporters on January 6.
“Unable to accept defeat, Donald Trump waged an open war against the peaceful transfer of power” to Joe Biden, wrote Eric Swalwell, elected to the House of Representatives. “He has lied to his supporters over and over again by claiming that the election was stolen from them,” he added, “and finally called on his supporters to descend on Washington DC” for a demonstration on January 6.
“Encouragement” to a “surly crowd”
In a long speech in front of the White House, Donald Trump then launched to the thousands of demonstrators: “Fight like devils”. Eric Swalwell also targets in his complaint, filed in a Washington court, the son of billionaire Donald Trump Jr, his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and a Republican elected member of the House, Mo Brooks. All had spoken at the same meeting.
“The defendants assembled, ignited and encouraged the surly crowd and as such, are fully responsible for the damage and destruction that followed.” A spokesperson for Donald Trump, Jason Miller, reacted in a statement to the Washington Post by calling Eric Swalwell “less-than-nothing without credibility”. Another elected House Democrat, Bennie Thompson, had filed a complaint in mid-February.
Acquitted a first time
Five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer, died in the assault on the seat of Congress when parliamentarians certified the Democrat’s victory over Donald Trump in the November presidential election.
Accused of “incitement to insurgency” for calling on his supporters to march on Congress, Donald Trump was acquitted in the Senate on February 13. He never accepted the result of the presidential election, believing without foundation that his defeat was due to massive fraud.
Although he acquitted the ex-president in the Senate, because he felt that the upper house did not have the competence to judge him, the powerful leader of the Republicans Mitch McConnell himself, in the process, underlined that the the path to legal proceedings remained open.