Senior Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson sues Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani for conspiring to incite the violent insurrection at the US Capitol.
Representative Bennie Thomson chairs the House Of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.
"The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the electoral college," a press release announcing the lawsuit stated.
The case against Mr. Trump was brought under a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which was passed in response to KKK violence and prohibits violence or intimidation meant to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties.
Lawyer Joseph Sellers, on the Behalf of Rep Thomson, said, "What we see here is so unprecedented that it's really reminiscent of what gave rise to the enactment of this legislation right after the Civil War."
The suit cites incendiary comments that were made in the lead-up to the Capitol riots by both former President Trump and his former Attorney Rudy Giuliani.