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U.S. Capitol officers sue Trump


The crowd outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 Associated Press/Photo by Jose Luis Magana (file)

U.S. Capitol officers sue Trump

Seven officers accuse the former president of intentionally sending a violent mob to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to disrupt the congressional vote certifying Joe Biden’s election as president. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Washington, also names as defendants Trump ally Roger Stone, the Trump campaign, and members of two far-right groups, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

What do the plaintiffs want? They say the former president and his allies conspired to commit acts of domestic terrorism in an attempt to stop Biden from taking power. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for physical and emotional injuries the officers received during the riot. Democratic lawmakers have filed two other similar cases in recent months. The former president has not yet responded to Thursday’s lawsuit.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report on domestic terrorism in the United States.


Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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DAL

Christians are not to bear false witness/spread lies. There is no evidence the FBI coordinated or instigated the January 6th insurrection. The key person to have politicized that day is Trump. He instigated it and is responsible for it. Quit blaming everyone except those most responsible: Trump and his allies. This is why evangelicals are seen more and more as just a political arm of the GOP and rank conspiracy theorists. What a terrible witness. https://news.yahoo.com/how-the-fbi-became-the-target-of-a-conspiracy-theory-about-the-jan-6-capitol-riot-131532862.html

Tom HanrahanDAL

Amen, DAL. Amen.

SAWGUNNER

I was alarmed at the hushed secrecy surrounding the shooting of Ashli Bobbit the USAF veteran killed during the 6 Jan melee. Here we are in Aug and at last the identity was revealed. A black man shot an un-armed though perhaps dangerous white lady. That story evidently didn't fit the preferred media narrative. To the best of my knowledge the officer is still employed, faced no internal review of his decision making process and no one anywhere has painted Ashli mural on the side of any building. It's just sad. She may have been a wing nut wack job from the tin foil hat brigade, but I don't think that alone merits execution.

Laura WSAWGUNNER

Internal probe clears officer: https://apnews.com/article/capitol-insurrection-ashli-babbitt-c54d5327a1e2178237d54113dda1032d? She wasn't "executed" for whatever conspiracy theories she may have believed, she was shot in the process of committing a crime, and the officer had good reason to believe he needed to use deadly force to protect himself and/or the people with him. But if you want to go paint a mural somewhere, go for it. It's a free country.

Also, I generally consider this sort of thing a good reason to keep someone's identity private (from the above link): "The officer’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said his client is facing “many credible death threats” and other “horrific threats” and was forced from his home because of them."

Salty1

The Democrats are nothing short of evil. Once again they politicize the Capital Hill protests. The riot part was coordinated and instigated by the FBI where we found out many of the rioters were actually FBI agents. Had the FBI agents been used to stop the riot, rather than instigate it, there would not have been the riot. Pelosi purposely didn’t take actions to protect the Capital to create the situation. Even in the video of the women being shot, you see a man give a thumbs up to the Capital Police Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt - watch the video. Why didn’t this undercover FBI officer do anything to stop the woman? That is the question.

not silentSalty1

Salty, I'm sure you know that the head of the FBI on Jan 6 was Christopher Wray, who was appointed by Mr. Trump. I'm not sure how you concluded that the FBI was responsible for the riot in the first place; but, even if they were, they were headed by an appointee of Mr. Trump on Jan 6. So I REALLY don't know how you got to the conclusion that "Democrats are evil" or to blaming Ms. Pelosi.