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President Donald Trump has been warned that he could face massive civil damages over last week's Capitol riot even if he avoids criminal charges, with one advisor telling him to "think OJ," ABC News reported.Thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol around 2 p.m. last Wednesday after attending an event where Trump stirred up the audience, telling them to "fight like hell."The mob ransacked congressional offices and fought with the Capitol Police, and four protesters and one officer died as a result.Since the riot, Trump's aides and legal counsel have tried to explain to the president that he could be in deep legal trouble for his comments.According to ABC News, the president has been told that he could face civil damages, with one advisor telling him: "Think OJ."The advisor was referring to the case of OJ Simpson, the former NFL star who was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in 1994, but who was later sued in civil court and had to pay $35 million in damages.ABC News did not specify what civil liability Trump could face over his role in inciting the mob before Capitol riot.Among those also trying to alert Trump to the implication of his words as early as Wednesday were White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and members of Trump's family, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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