Disgraced Rep. Eric Swalwell Just Sued Donald Trump for Causing Him 'Severe Emotional Distress'


House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell filed a lawsuit Friday against former President Donald Trump and his allies claiming they should be held accountable for “inciting” the incursion of the Capitol on Jan. 6 and causing him “severe emotional distress.”

The California Democrat alleges that Trump, son Donald Trump Jr., attorney Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama were directly responsible for mobilizing the crowd that marched to the Capitol that day, according to The Washington Post.

“The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that — if actually true — might indeed justify violence, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action,” the lawsuit read.

Swalwell said the four speakers violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, which was passed in 1871, by conspiring to interfere in Congress’ constitutional duties and failing to stop the mob.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants also broke federal and Washington, D.C., laws, including anti-terrorism legislation, CNN reported.

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“Trump directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed and then watched approvingly as the building was overrun,” the lawsuit said.

“The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ unlawful actions. As such, the Defendants are responsible for the injury and destruction that followed.”

Swalwell claimed he suffered “severe emotional distress” while he was inside the Capitol during the incursion.

“The Plaintiff heard the mob pound on the chamber doors and smash glass in an effort to get inside,” the lawsuit said. “He watched as Capitol Police officers drew their weapons, barricaded entrances, and ordered the Plaintiff and other members of Congress to seek shelter, put on gas masks, and take cover in case there was gunfire.

“The Plaintiff prepared himself for possible hand-to-hand combat as he took off his jacket and tie and searched for makeshift instruments of self-defense. …

“As the Plaintiff watched this horror unfold, he texted with his wife in what he felt could be his last moments, telling her ‘I love you very much. And our babies.'”

Swalwell Suit by The Western Journal

“This is an important part of holding Trump — and the other Defendants — responsible for what happened on January 6th,” attorney Matthew Kaiser, who represents Swalwell, told The Post.

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Trump was acquitted last month in his second impeachment trial.

“Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

Miller pointed to a report that Swalwell had been so close to a woman suspected of being a Chinese spy that he was given an FBI briefing to warn him.

“It’s a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee,” he said.

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Swalwell is the second Democratic congressman to sue Trump over the events of Jan. 6.

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi filed a lawsuit last month against Trump, Giuliani and two right-wing groups, the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, claiming they incited an insurrection.

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, told Reuters that while the lawsuits were “not a slam dunk,” they might lead to Trump sitting for an interview under oath.

“As with so many suits against Trump, the name of the game may be to keep the suit going long enough to take depositions and obtain discovery,” Levinson said.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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