US congressman sues Trump over riot

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A Democratic lawmaker has filed a lawsuit accusing former US president Donald Trump and lawyer Rudolph Giuliani of conspiring to incite a violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6.

The lawsuit was filed by Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, in US District Court in Washington DC.

"The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College," according to a lawyers' statement.

The US Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the riot at the Capitol.

The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection after a five-day impeachment trial.