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Trump faces new legal fights over US Capitol riot

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Donald Trump's acquittal at his 2nd impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he's to blame for the deadly riot at the US Capitol. Trump is facing new legal challenges, including a new suit from a Democratic congressman. (February 16)

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- I think it's safe to assume that there are going to be lawsuits that are going to be naming Donald Trump related to the riot itself. We have one today that was filed in federal court in Washington by a sitting member of Congress, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. And he has sued the president.

BENNIE THOMPSON: This is a hallowed, honored building we are in now. It's for people who've done good.

- So the impeachment against Donald Trump had a very specific, singular charge, that he had incited the January 6 insurrection. He was acquitted of that charge.

But one of the cases that we're now seeing actually doesn't use that as a central premise. What it actually alleges is that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani and two different extremist groups had conspired together to violate a Reconstruction-era law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibits the use of force or intimidation to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their duties. And in this case, the allegation is that Donald Trump's steady drumbeat of false statements about the election having been stolen wound up creating the environment for the insurrection to happen, and in the process, disrupted Congress from doing the certification of election results and designating Joe Biden as the rightful winner.

There are new witnesses that have emerged, new details that have emerged. We saw, for instance, last week during the impeachment trial, we heard from a member of Congress who described a conversation that Donald Trump had with the top Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy, that Democrats held up to show Trump's indifference to the violence. That's a separate issue from whether you can actually bring a case, a criminal case against Donald Trump, and that does not seem to be something that would be easy to do.