Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell is suing former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks, claiming they incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and violated civil rights by attempting to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power.
Swalwell, of California, filed the suit in federal court in Washington, D.C., Friday, weeks after Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson also sued Trump, claiming he launched a drawn-out attempt to overturn the election results that culminated with the Jan. 6 riot.
In his suit, Swalwell alleges Trump and the other defendants violated local laws in the nation’s capital by inciting the mob to storm the Capitol as Vice President Mike Pence was in the Senate chamber to certify the 2020 presidential election.
“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol,” the suit states.
Swalwell also alleges Trump and his co-defendants conspired together to violate the civil rights of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden by attempting to block the transfer of executive power to them after they won the 2020 presidential election.
He’s seeking unspecified damages to be determined at trial.
In a statement, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Trump, blasted Swalwell, highlighting how he was taken advantage of by a Chinese spy known as “Fang Fang.”
“Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility who got caught ‘dating’ the Chinese spy Fang-Fang and makes disgusting bodily noises on national television,” the statement says.
“Now, after failing miserably with two impeachment hoaxes, ‘Mr. Fang-Fang’ is doing the bidding of his Chinese masters and attacking our greatest President with yet another witch hunt. It’s a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee,” it adds.
Swalwell was entangled in the Fang Fang scandal after it emerged the Chinese operative — who is believed to have slept with two Midwestern mayors — placed an intern in his office and raised campaing donations for the congressman.
Swalwell, who broke ties with Fang Fang after the feds alerted him to her being a Chinese “honeypot,” has not confirmed or denied that he was sleeping with the operative.