Originally filed in February by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the lawsuit claims that Trump and his personal attorney Rudy W. Giuliani, along with two far right extremist organizations—Proud Boys and Oath Keepers—violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act on Jan. 6. The 19th century statute includes protections against violent conspiracies that interfere with Congress’ constitutional duties and the lawmakers’ legal action accuses defendants of conspiring to incite a riot at the Capitol in order to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes.
“We owe it to our families, the American public, and history to get to the truth about the conspiracy that fueled a violent mob to rampage the Capitol in an effort to stand in the way of the peaceful transfer of power,” said Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat leading the lawsuit and chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.
In response to the lawsuit, Trump adviser Jason Miller said the former president “did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.” He added that Giuliani is not currently representing Trump in any legal matters.
Escobar joins fellow Democrats Karen Bass (CA), Steve Cohen (TN), Bonnie Watson Colema (NJ), Hank Johnson, Jr. (GA), Marcy Kaptur (OH), Barbara Lee (CA), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Maxine Waters (CA).
“There must be accountability for the profound and destructive consequences of the January 6th attack on our Capitol, our democracy, and our country,” Escobar stated. “It is my hope that this lawsuit helps bring that accountability.”
Following the official dissolution of the Proud Boys organization in February, the suit now names the Van Dyke Organization L.L.C., Warboys L.L.C. and Jazu Transport L.L.C. as its defendants.
Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA) also against Trump, Giuliani, his son and a Republican congressman for their involvement in the insurrection.