Seven Capitol Police officers file suit against Trump and slew of allies despite FBI findings

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Seven U.S. Capitol Police officers who apparently don’t pay attention to the news have filed a federal lawsuit against several parties, including former President Donald Trump, whom they claim bear responsibility for the Jan. 6th riot.

Other defendants include the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers militia, longtime GOP lobbyist Roger Stone, #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka, etc.

The plaintiffs meanwhile are officers Conrad Smith, Danny Mcelroy, Byron Evans, Governor Latson, Melissa Marshall, Michael Fortune and Jason Deroche.

None of the plaintiffs testified during the Democrats’ Jan. 6th commission.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, the suit accuses the defendants, including Trump, of having “conspired with each other and others to prevent Congress from certifying the election results through the use of force, intimidation, and threats.”

This grand conspiracy, it alleges, “culminated in the January 6 mass attack on the United States Capitol and the brutal, physical assault of hundreds of law enforcement officers.”

“Many Defendants in this case planned, aided, and actively participated in that attack. All Defendants are responsible for it through the use of force,” the suit claims.

There’s just one problem. An investigation by the FBI found little to no proof that there was some grand “conspiracy.”

“The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials,” Reuters reported just days ago.

“Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations,” Reuters added.

Speaking with Reuters, an unnamed former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said that up to 95 percent of the arrests were “one-off cases.”

“Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages,” he added.

Speaking of Alex Jones, he wasn’t listed as a defendant, but he was mentioned in the suit in reference to Stone.

“[I]n a September 10, 2020 interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, STONE falsely claimed that voting had been ‘corrupted’ through the use of mail-in ballots and urged TRUMP to invoke the Insurrection Act, declare martial law, seize ballot boxes in swing states like Nevada, and arrest political opponents in both the media and the Democratic Party,” the suit reads.

Yet then-President Trump never invoked the Insurrection Act, declared martial law, seized ballots and arrested his political opponents.

All he did was hold a protest outside the U.S. Capitol. And at this protest, he explicitly said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

In a joint statement released alongside the filing of the suit, the seven Capitol officers claimed their jobs have somehow become “infinitely more dangerous” because of the Jan. 6th riot, according to Politico.

“On Jan. 6 we tried to stop people from breaking the law and destroying our democracy. Since then our jobs and those of our colleagues have become infinitely more dangerous. We want to do what we can to make sure the people who did this are held accountable and that no one can do this again,” they reportedly said.

But they failed to provide any examples of how their jobs and lives — which have been celebrated ad nauseam by the entire establishment media, despite the media having spent the entire previous year demonizing police officers — have been impaired or made “more dangerous” because of the one-day riot.

Their suit against Trump isn’t the first of its kind.

“The lawsuit is the second by Capitol Police officers against Trump. The first, filed earlier this year by two officers, accuses Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 riot,” Politico noted.

Furthermore, several congressional Democrats, including Rep. Bennie Thomas, have filed suit.

“A dozen other Democratic House members joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs later, and Thompson dropped out of the case in July after being named chair of the House select committee probing the origins of the riot,” according to Politico.

Concluding its report, even Politico admitted: “the claims against Trump, Giuliani and others face an uphill battle in court due to broad First Amendment protections accorded to speech on political topics.”

That and the fact that the FBI has already debunked the whole “conspiracy” angle …

Vivek Saxena

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