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Donald Trump and his allies pursued by Capitol Police officers caught in January 6 attack

Donald Trump and his allies pursued by Capitol Police officers caught in January 6 attack

U.S. Capitol Police officers who were attacked and beaten in the Capitol Riot filed a complaint Thursday against former U.S. President Donald Trump, his allies and members of far-right groups, accusing them of ‘intentionally sending a violent crowd on January 6 to disrupt Congress’ certification of the election.

The lawsuit in federal court in Washington alleges that Trump “worked with white supremacists, violent extremist groups and campaign supporters to violate the Ku Klux Klan law and commit acts of domestic terrorism in an illegal effort to stay in power “.

The complaint was filed on behalf of the seven officers by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Act. He names the former president, the Trump campaign, Trump ally Roger Stone and members of extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who were on Capitol Hill and in Washington on January 6.

2 similar cases already filed

Two other similar cases have been filed in recent months by Democratic members of Congress.

The lawsuits allege the actions of Trump and his allies led to the violent siege on Capitol Hill that injured dozens of police officers, interrupted Democrat Joe Biden’s certification of presidential election victory and sent lawmakers running for their lives as Rioters broke into the headquarters of American Democracy brandishing bats, sticks and other weapons.

Rioters shoot at a police barrier on January 6 in front of the United States Capitol. (John Minchillo / The Associated Press)

A House committee began to seriously investigate what happened that day, sending requests for documents to intelligence, law enforcement and other government agencies on Wednesday. Their biggest request to date has been to the National Archives for information on Trump and his former team.

The requested documents are just the start of what should be a lengthy partisan and spiteful investigation into how the mob infiltrated the Capitol and disrupted Biden’s certification of victory, inflicting the most serious assault on Congress in two centuries.

In a statement Wednesday night, Trump accused the committee of violating “long-standing legal principles of privilege.”

“Executive privilege will be upheld, not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who have worked alongside me, but on behalf of the office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation,” Trump said.

Telecommunications records could be searched

Committee members are also considering asking carriers to keep phone records of several people, including members of Congress, in an attempt to determine who knew what about the ongoing riot and when they found out. .

With chants of “Hang Mike Pence”, the rioters sent the then Vice President and members of Congress on the run for their lives, causing more than a million dollars in damage and injuring dozens of police officers.

WATCH | Moving testimony at the hearing against the riots on Capitol Hill:

Moving testimony at the January 6 hearing against the United States Capitol riots

United States Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell shed tears as he testified before a congressional committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol. The US Army veteran said he was more afraid of working on Capitol Hill that day than during his entire deployment to Iraq. (Credit: The Associated Press / Chip Somodevilla) 2:53

The requests were made for the White House records of the National Archives, as well as material from the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security and Home Affairs, as well as the FBI and the Director’s Office. national intelligence.

The committee has so far heard from police officers who were at the Capitol on January 6.

In moving testimony, these officers spoke of how frightened and frustrated they were at the inability of law enforcement officials to foresee the potential for violence and understand the scope of Trump supporters’ planning.

A Capitol Police officer who shot dead protester Ashli ​​Babbitt was cleared months ago of wrongdoing and was internally cleared by the department this week. He plans to reveal his identity in an NBC interview that airs Thursday.

Workers clean the interior of the Capitol in Washington on January 7, the day after the riot. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

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