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Rep. Eric Swalwell sues Trump, Giuliani for Capitol riot

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Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell is suing former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks, claiming they incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and violated civil rights by attempting to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

Swalwell, of California, filed the suit in federal court in Washington, D.C., Friday, weeks after Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson also sued Trump, claiming he launched a drawn-out attempt to overturn the election results that culminated with the Jan. 6 riot.

In his suit, Swalwell alleges Trump and the other defendants violated local laws in the nation’s capital by inciting the mob to storm the Capitol as Vice President Mike Pence was in the Senate chamber to certify the 2020 presidential election.

“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol,” the suit states.

U.S. House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) delivers part of the impeachment managers’ opening argument in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) delivers part of the impeachment managers’ opening argument in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 10, 2021.
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Swalwell also alleges Trump and his co-defendants conspired together to violate the civil rights of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden by attempting to block the transfer of executive power to them after they won the 2020 presidential election.

He’s seeking unspecified damages to be determined at trial.

In a statement, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Trump, blasted Swalwell, highlighting how he was taken advantage of by a Chinese spy known as “Fang Fang.”

Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida
Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.
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“Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility who got caught ‘dating’ the Chinese spy Fang-Fang and makes disgusting bodily noises on national television,” the statement says.

“Now, after failing miserably with two impeachment hoaxes, ‘Mr. Fang-Fang’ is doing the bidding of his Chinese masters and attacking our greatest President with yet another witch hunt. It’s a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee,” it adds.

Rudy Giuliani
In his suit, Swalwell alleges Trump and the other defendants, including Rudy Giuliani, violated local laws in the nation’s capital by inciting the mob to storm the Capitol.
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Swalwell was entangled in the Fang Fang scandal after it emerged the Chinese operative — who is believed to have slept with two Midwestern mayors — placed an intern in his office and raised campaing donations for the congressman.

Swalwell, who broke ties with Fang Fang after the feds alerted him to her being a Chinese “honeypot,” has not confirmed or denied that he was sleeping with the operative.

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