Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, who somehow still serves in the House of Representatives after it was revealed recently that he’s likely heavily compromised by communist China given that his former Chinese girlfriend was a spy, is taking action against former President Donald Trump and his associates with regard to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
The lawsuit, which will likely go nowhere fast, is just another hilarious example of how Democrats just can’t seem to get Trump off their minds. Democrats, including Swalwell, suffered a humiliating defeat recently after Trump was acquitted of sham, Democrat-led charges for the second time in an impeachment attempt.
Reuters has the story:
A Democratic congressman has sued Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other allies of the former president over the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol when violent Trump supporters tried to stop the certification of Trump’s election defeat.
The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, alleges that the attack, which left five dead including a police officer, was a “direct and foreseeable consequence” of unlawful actions by Trump, Giuliani, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Republican congressman Mo Brooks and others.
“As such, the Defendants are responsible for the injury and destruction that followed,” said Representative Eric Swalwell, who filed the lawsuit.
Swalwell was one of the impeachment managers who last month attempted to persuade the U.S. Senate to block Trump from holding office again, saying Trump incited the violence. The Senate voted to acquit Trump.
The lawsuit draws on evidence from the impeachment trial, including Trump tweets leading up to the attack, and details the former president’s efforts to pressure state lawmakers to halt President Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement that Swalwell “is a low-life with no credibility.”
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Brooks spokesman also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Swalwell is the second lawmaker to sue Trump over the insurrection.
Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, last month filed a lawsuit accusing Trump, Giuliani and two right-wing groups of conspiring to incite the riot.
Swalwell’s lawsuit alleges Trump and his allies broke a U.S. law that prohibits conspiracies to violate civil rights. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages against the defendants, including punitive damages.
Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Swalwell’s lawsuit was “not a slam dunk” but might eventually result in Trump sitting for an interview under oath.
“As with so many suits against Trump, the name of the game may be to keep the suit going long enough to take depositions and obtain discovery,” Levinson said.
Swalwell is obviously desperate for attention at this point, seemingly doing whatever he can to make a few headlines, which is typically a key symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I’m just going to comfortably assume that Swalwell’s lawsuit won’t keep the former president up at night.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org