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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 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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