Two United States Congress officers filed a complaint Tuesday (30) against former President Donald Trump, in which they accused him of instigating the January 6 violent attack on the institution. They are asking for US $ 75,000 (R $ 424,000) in damages each.
In all, five people died and dozens of officers were injured in the episode. A host of Trump supporters forced their way into the seat of the US Congress in an attempt to prevent the session that would make Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election. The session was interrupted, but ended hours later.
The invasion came just minutes after the President himself, at a rally in Washington, pumped up activists to go to the seat of the Legislative Assembly.
The two police officers who filed the complaint, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, say they suffered physical and psychological injuries in the clashes they say were spurred on by Trump. The Republican was in his final days in the White House and refused to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory.
The insurgents were spurred on by Trump’s behavior, which over the course of several months led his supporters to believe his false claim that he was about to be forcibly removed from the White House due to a major electoral fraud, ”they say in the process. , filed in federal court in Washington.
“The mob of insurgents, which Trump inflamed, encouraged, stimulated, directed, instigated, entered by force and passed over the plaintiffs and their colleagues, chasing them and attacking them,” he adds.
Blassingame, a 17-year-old black police officer on Capitol Hill, said he suffered head and back injuries and suffered psychological consequences after the attack. He also claims to have been the target of racist assault by supporters of the former president.
Hemby, who worked for 11 years at Congress headquarters, suffered injuries to his hands and knees after being pressed against the doors of the Capitol. He was also hit by chemicals on his face and body during the attack.
After the attack, Donald Trump was the target of a second impeachment process, which accused him of inciting the invasion. He was acquitted by the Senate, where there is a Republican majority. However, his acquittal of the indictment does not preclude criminal prosecution which holds him responsible for the invasion.
On the day of the attack, the Capitol saw scenes of chaos. Journalists have been locked in a basement, people dressed as Vikings clashed with assistants and witnesses say they smelled smoke inside the building. Protesters carried symbols of far-right movements and American flags, as well as banners from Trump’s presidential campaign.
The protesters had participated in an act in Washington in favor of Trump and, as soon as the protest was over, they went to Congress to try to pressure MPs and Senators not to confirm the Democrat’s victory. .
“We are going to march to Capitol Hill. And we are going to applaud our brave Senators, Members of Parliament and Members of Parliament,” Trump said. “I know everyone here will be walking to Capitol Hill soon so their voices can be heard in a peaceful and patriotic way,” he added.
After the showdown began, Trump issued messages asking the protesters to be peaceful. Later that day he recorded a short video in which he said, “Come home. We love you. You are very special.”