2 men sued for assaulting protesters in 2016, countersue Trump, saying he urged them on – WJLA

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A protester is escorted out of a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Another man accused of assaulting protesters at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville has counter-sued the president, saying he was following Trump’s urging to remove them.

Matthew Heimbach is being sued over his alleged actions at the March 1, 2016 rally. In a counter claim filed in federal court on Monday, Heimbach says he was relying “on Trump’s authority to order disruptive persons removed,” according to WDRB-TV.

Another defendant, Alvin Bamberger, also attended the rally and can be seen on video shoving a woman. Bamberger filed a counter claim on Friday saying that he acted on Trump’s “urging and inspiration.”

Three people who claim they were assaulted at the Trump rally filed a lawsuit last year against Trump, his campaign, Heimbach and Bamberger.