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Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are asking a federal court to make Democrats pay. Literally.
On Monday, lawyers for the ex-president sent a new motion to the legal team representing Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson and the NAACP in a lawsuit that alleges Trump conspired to incite a January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol. and disrupting the electoral college’s vote count, according to three people familiar with the document. Trump’s lawyers argue that the plaintiffs have brought a “frivolous” lawsuit against the twice indicted former president and argue that a federal judge should sanction the opposing party.
In the motion, a copy of which was reviewed by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Trump’s attorney Jesse Binnall argues that the lawsuit represents an attempt to “militarize the federal justice system in a political dispute” and use the courts to regulate the “political discourse”. “As a result, Trump’s legal team says that Thompson, the 10 members of Congress who signed the complaint and their lawyers” should be ordered to pay President Trump’s fees and expenses reasonably incurred in defending themselves against this frivolous lawsuit. and for other penalties such as this Court considers just and reasonable. ”
Binnall, Trump’s lawyer for the January 6 riots prosecution, declined to comment for this story. A spokesperson for the plaintiffs’ lawyers also declined to comment.
The motion reflects former President Trump’s defense of impeachment and argues that Trump’s rhetoric on the eve of the January 6 riot amounted to constitutionally protected political speech. He further argues that Democrats engaged in similar rhetorical blossoms and those who advocate for Trump would be open to similar lawsuits for their own rhetorical excess, if the lawsuit wins.
Trump lawyers stand up for Capitol Police MAGA riot trial
Among other so-called liability, Binnall says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged “an insurgency by leftist protesters who attacked Hart’s Senate office building on October 4, 2018, to obstruct to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh by the Senate ”.
Capitol Police have charged around 300 protesters with “overcrowding, obstruction or inconvenience” during a protest against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings as protesters organized by the Women’s March chanted ” Hey, hey, ho, ho – Kavanaugh has to go. “
No injuries were reported.
The new motion pays special attention to Representative Maxine Waters, a favorite target of the former president and a plaintiff in the Thompson lawsuit. As The Daily Beast reported last week, Trump himself recently told his advisers that he wanted the attacks on Waters to be heavily reflected in the legal and messaging crackdown on riot-related litigation.
Binnall argues that Waters “actively encouraged rioters and violence” and cites comments by the California MP that protesters must “become more confrontational” if convicted murderer Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering Floyd and Derek Chauvin. ‘a 2018 speech in which she encouraged supporters to confront Trump administration staff and tell them’ they’re not welcome anywhere anymore.
Spokesmen for Pelosi and Waters did not respond to requests for comment. Rep. Thompson, the original plaintiff in the case, is not discouraged, according to a spokesperson.
“For reasons which we will explain in our court filing, Mr. Trump cannot rely on the First Amendment to protect his illegal behavior or to avoid being held accountable for it,” a spokesperson for Thompson told Tuesday. Daily Beast.
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