Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell has filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani and others.
Swalwell, the California lawmaker who served as House impeachment manager in January, filed the suit on Friday with the US District Court for the District of Columbia, with the lawsuit alleging that Trump and his allies are "responsible for the injury and destruction" caused during the Capitol unrest.
The case is the second filed by a US lawmaker. Last month, Mississippi Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson filed a suit accusing Trump of "conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups" to prevent the Senate from formally certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory. That case named Trump and Giuliani, as well as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as defendants. Multiple members of both groups have been under investigation by the FBI and other authorities over their actions on 6 January, with Democratic officials accusing them of extremism or even "domestic terrorism."
Swalwell's case also lists Donald Trump Jr. and Republican Congressman Mo Brooks as defendants, and alleges that the violence was a "direct and foreseeable consequence" of illegal actions by Trump and his allies.
The case accuses Trump and company of showing negligence, inflicting emotional distress, and civil rights violations, and is seeking financial damages from the defendants. The dollar amount has not been disclosed.
The Democratic-led effort to bar Trump from politics failed last month, with the Senate voting 57-43 to find him guilty of "inciting an insurrection," not enough for the 2/3 majority required to convict.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the 6 January violence, and used his Twitter account to call on supporters to "stay peaceful" and "go home" on the day the unrest unfolded. The Capitol crisis was used as a pretext to ban Trump from social media.