DONALD Trump has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of inciting the Capitol riots by a Democrat rep – who hopes it will "put him out of business".
The lawsuit – which accuses Trump of violating civil rights and inciting the January 6 riot – was filed by the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Bennie Thompson, the first suit filed by a Congressman.
Attorneys for Thompson and the NAACP formally served the lawsuit to the former president at his Mar-A-Lago club, reported The Daily Beast.
Thompson said: "Donald Trump has to go away. If he doesn't, we will put him out of business," CBS News reported last month.
Thompson compared modern-day extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to the Ku Klux Klan, claiming the groups "morphed out of the Klan connection."
The suit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages and accuses them of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
The law prohibits two or more people from conspiring to "prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat," any office-holder from performing their duties.
"They tried to do everything to impede people of color and progressive people from asserting their rights as American citizens, and so this is an opportunity — from a punitive standpoint in this lawsuit — to put them out of business," Thompson said.
According to the NAACP, other members of Congress – including Democrats Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Hank Johnson of Georgia – also joined the litigation.
The case also names the Republican former president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a co-defendant.
The suit cites incendiary comments that Trump and Giuliani made in the weeks leading up to the riot and on the day of it that lawyers say were designed to mobilize supporters to work to overturn the election results and to prevent the Senate’s certification process.
That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol.
Trump told supporters at a rally preceding the riot to "fight like hell," but lawyers for the former president adamantly denied during the impeachment trial that he had incited the riot.
Lawyers for Trump have denied that he incited the riot.
And no attorneys have stepped forward as Trump's representative in the lawsuit.
According to reports, it was signed for by someone named "Ricky" when it arrived at Mar-A-Lago by certified mail.
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