Ten U.S. Congressmen who were on Capitol Hill on January 6 when the building was stormed by supporters of former President Donald Trump have joined the lawsuit against the former president and his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, of incitement to violence .
The lawsuit, originally filed by House member Bennie Thompson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), accused Trump and Giuliani of conspiring with the groups. The extremists Proud Boys and Oath Keepers instigated the attack.
The brief details describe the personal stories of each Congressman who was on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, how they escaped the mob and that a few months later continued to have nightmares and fears.
“I was sitting in my office on January 6th when rioters were walking down the hallways. I feared for my life and thought I was going to die,” Tennessee House member Steve Cohen said in a statement.
“The invasion was a direct result of the words and rhetoric of Donald Trump,” he made ugly before underlining that the magnate is urging his supporters to go to the capital Washington on the appointed time and his message, “goes strong his “” foiled “the operation” of the United States Constitution.
In the letter, Cohen reveals that he fled Trump supporters by going to his office and sitting there with the lights off and a baseball bat in hand to protect himself “for two or three hours”.
In addition to Cohen, Congresswoman Karen Bass (California) joined the lawsuit. Bonnie Watson Colema (New Jersey); Verónica Escobar (Texas); Han Johnson Jr. (Georgia); Marcy Kaptur (Ohio); Barbara Lee (California); Jerry Nadler (New York); Pramila Jayapal (Washington); and Maxine Waters (California).
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress held a joint session to confirm Joe Biden’s win in the November 3 presidential election. The former president repeatedly rejected the election results on the grounds that “fraud” had taken place, but without providing any evidence.
The incident left five dead. At least 280 people were arrested for allegedly involved in the attack on the Capitol and more than 300 people were charged.