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Kaptur joins lawsuit alleging Trump conspired to obstruct Congressional business with Jan. 6 riots

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVG) - Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) is among 10 lawmakers who are seeking to join a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, among others for his alleged role in the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

The lawsuit says Trump, along with Rudy Guiliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, conspired to incite the riot to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.

Also joining Kaptur in seeking to join the lawsuit are fellow Democrats Karen Bass (CA); Steve Cohen (TN); Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ); Veronica Escobar (TX); Hank Johnson, Jr. (GA); Barbara Lee (CA); Jerrold Nadler (NY); Pramila Jayapal (WA); and Maxine Waters (CA). The lawmakers were all in the House gallery as rioters breached the building that day.

“The events of January 6 were no accident,” Rep. Kaptur said. “There must be consequences for those who contributed to the coordinated attempt to overturn a free and fair election and harm our democracy. This lawsuit is an important step in repairing the damage that has been done, and I am pleased to join so many of my colleagues in this fight.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson, of Mississippi, filed the lawsuit in February. The lawsuit says by allegedly preventing Congress from carrying out its official duties, the individuals and groups named directly violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act.

“I am heartened to be joined by ten of my colleagues in this critical effort to hold former President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Oath Keepers, and Proud Boys to account for their respective roles in the January 6th attack on the Capitol,” Rep. Thompson said. “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.”

A Trump spokesman has denied the allegations.

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