Trump rips McConnell in lengthy statement after being acquitted in impeachment trial

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He added Mr Giuliani "remains an ally and a friend, ' and confirmed there was "no split or divorce or anything of the sort".

"The Defendants each meant to prevent, and ultimately delayed, members of Congress from discharging their duty commanded by the United States Constitution to approve the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States", the lawsuit said.

The case against Mr Trump was brought under a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which was passed in response to KKK violence and prohibits violence or intimidation meant to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties.

Rudy Giuliani is no longer "currently" representing former President Trump in legal matters, per CNN.

Despite escaping conviction, seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Mr Trump, making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote ever.

Bennie Thompson accused Mr Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and extremist groups the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers of violating the 1871 act by supporting efforts to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the new USA president.

"Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African American voters", Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a press release.

Rudy Giuliani is "not now representing" former President Trump "in any legal matters", senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told CNN and Reuters on Tuesday.

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 created to mobilise supporters to work to overturn the election results and to prevent the congressional certification process. "I'll be darned if they're going to take our free and fair vote".

On Sunday, CNN also reported that Trump privately expressed his concern about the possibility of facing charges for inciting his supporters who breached the Capitol last month.

The attack on the Capitol temporarily halted the certification of Biden, left five people dead and scores injured. Several members of both of the far-right groups are facing federal charges - including conspiracy - in connection with their actions on January 6.

More than 18 people associated with the Proud Boys have been charged so far for their alleged role during the riots. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.

"The federal lawsuit filed on behalf of House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) shows that Trump continues to face legal problems stemming from the riot, even after he was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday".

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

This report contains material from Bloomberg News and Reuters.

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