Trump to ask judge throw out suits by lawmakers, police over U.S. Capitol riot
Donald Trump's lawyers on Monday will try to persuade a federal judge to throw out a series of lawsuits by Democratic lawmakers and two police officers alleging that the former president incited the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The three lawsuits, by Democratic U.S. representatives including Eric Swalwell and Jerry Nadler, as well as two Capitol Police officers who battled rioters claim that Trump is liable for injuries to police and lawmakers.
The Democratic lawmakers have invoked an 1871 law passed to fight the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan that prohibits political intimidation.
The lawsuits charge that the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812 was a direct consequence of Trump's actions, including a fiery speech he gave shortly before thousands of his supporters stormed the building in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's election.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the three cases at 1 p.m. ET (1800 GMT). He is unlikely to issue a ruling on Monday, but the hearing may shed light on whether Trump and allies can be held liable in civil court for the deadly Capitol siege.