Donald Trump is now the subject of yet another lawsuit, this time pertaining to the role he played in the violent, deadly Capitol riots that took place on January 6th at the hands of his rabid base of supporters. This lawsuit in Washington, D.C. court asserts that the former president is responsible for the deaths of the officers who were attacked during the riot. And, according to former acting White House Solicitor General Neal Katyal, this means big, big trouble for Donald Trump.
Speaking with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Katyal explained his thoughts on the seriousness of this lawsuit against the ex-president.
Of course, Donald Trump escaped any punishment or liability for the attack and the deaths in the United States Senate — much like he escaped two very viable impeachments, it was pretty much exactly what we expected. However, that certainly doesn’t mean he has escaped accountability for his actions as a whole. The lawsuit walks through each and every detail of how the then-president’s supporters beat, pepper-sprayed, and attacked police officers who were attempting to protect one of this nation’s most sacred buildings, as well as the human lives inside it that fateful day.
As I’m sure you know, ex-President Trump has since attempted to rewrite January 6th’s history by calling into Fox News over the weekend and claiming that his supporters were “hugging and kissing” police officers at the Capitol — a direct contradiction to quite literally every single piece of video footage, eye witness accounts, and reporting to come from that day.
During the MSNBC segment today, Katyal said:
This is what the complaint said today: ‘The officer attacked relentlessly, bleeding from a cut less than an inch from the eye, cuts, and abrasions on the face and hands and his body was pinned against a large metal door fending off attacks.’ So when Donald Trump said they were kissing and hugging the guards, my God.”
Host Nicole Wallace went on to read more of the complaint included in the lawsuit.
“For several hours after the mob stormed the Capitol, Trump had the continuing ability to issue statements through traditional and social media but refused,” the lawsuit reads. “Refused to communicate anything to the followers that might discourage the assault and battery. Trump thereby ratified the conduct of the followers and ensured that the assaults on the officers last much longer, worsening the injuries of the plaintiffs and other officers. Late in the afternoon, Trump ratified the conduct, and again said that the election had been stolen by fraud and by announcing support, praise, and love for his followers.”
Wallace questioned whether or not this will put the former president in even more significant legal trouble.
“Absolutely,” the former acting White House Solicitor General responded. “If you could short Donald Trump right now it would be a good time to do so. Everything you’re saying, Nicolle, is absolutely right. This, in conjunction with new developments going on in New York, with respect to Weissberg and the like. Donald Trump is in serious trouble. The difference between now and the past is that the Republican Party and senior officials are inviting the trouble and saying there’s merit to it.”
You can watch the clip here:
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