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Assault on the Capitol: Trump may be held civilly liable

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Two police officers and a dozen Democratic representatives are at the origin of this lawsuit filed after the storming of the Capitol by supporters by Donald Trump, January 6, 2021.

Agence France-Presse

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Former US President Donald Trump can be held civilly responsible for the assault carried out by his supporters against the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, decided the federal justice.

This decision by a Washington appeals court was made public on Friday – confirming information from the Washington Post – following civil complaints in 2021 from two Capitol police officers, seat of Congress, and around ten parliamentarians from the Democratic Party.

This long ruling by the federal justice system is itself likely to x27;call.

On January 6, 2021 in the American capital, Donald Trump, defeated in the November 2020 election by Democrat Joe Biden, gave a fiery speech to his supporters, calling on them to fight like hell against the results that the elected representatives of Congress were to certify that day.

Two weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, thousands of supporters of the Republican president sowed chaos and violence in the Capitol. Several people lost their lives and were injured during the assault.

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More than 1,000 people have since been arrested and some 350 of them they were charged with assaulting police officers or refusing to comply during their arrest. Some members of far-right militias have even been convicted of sedition.

Civil plaintiffs against Donald Trump rely, according to the Washington Post, on a 150-year-old law that prohibits the use of force, threats and intimidation to prevent an elected official or civil servant from carrying out his or her duties.

Plaintiffs are entitled to seek damages from the Republican billionaire for damages caused on January 6, 2021, according to the District of Columbia Court of Appeal in Washington.

The former tenant of the White House, who dreams of returning there in January 2025, but who faces several legal proceedings, has assured for two years that the election of Joe Biden was rigged and stolen. He denounces a witch hunt and a political use of justice against him.

Donald Trump, who was still President of the United States on January 6, 2021 , highlights his presidential immunity at the time.

The court rejects this argument, at least at this stage of the procedure.

When a sitting president opts for a second term, his campaign to be re-elected is not an official presidential gesture, justice rules .

In July, Mr. Trump revealed that special federal prosecutor Jack Smith was targeting him personally in his criminal investigation into January 6 .

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