An Atlanta-based grand jury has indicted Donald Trump and 18 others on state charges stemming from their efforts to overturn the former president’s 2020 election defeat.
The landmark indictment is the fourth criminal case Trump faces.
Trump and others “joined a conspiracy to unlawfully alter the outcome” of the election, according to the indictment.
The charges, brought as part of an extensive investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, cover some of the most egregious efforts by the former president’s allies to meddle in the 2020 presidential election. to charges of election subversion by Special Counsel Jack Smith, Willis’ case will be safe from interference by Trump if he is re-elected in 2024; he will not be able to forgive himself or his allies of any convictions under state law, nor will he be able to fire the Fulton County prosecutors who bring the charges.
Many of the efforts led by Trump and his allies in Georgia resembled plots won by President Joe Biden in other battleground states, but the Georgia-focused effort featured some of the boldest gambits in the world. former president and his supporters.
“Defendant Donald John Trump lost the United States presidential election of November 3, 2020,” the indictment reads. “One of the states he lost was Georgia. Trump and the other defendants charged in this indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined in a conspiracy to unlawfully alter the result of the election in favor of Trump. This conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states .
A January 2021 phone call where Trump urged Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the nearly 12,000 votes that would put his voting margin ahead of Biden’s showed how far Trump would go to undo his loss in Peach State.
Republican control of the state legislature and executive branch has made it an especially ripe target for Trump’s lobbying campaigns. His attorneys have appeared before Georgia lawmakers three times to push false allegations of voter fraud and the state has been the target of lawsuits making unsubstantiated claims of election irregularities.
Willis, a Democrat, will no doubt face intense criticism from Trump and his allies, who have frequently sought to discredit officials investigating him as rogue political actors. Trump had previously unsuccessfully tried to disqualify her, citing public comments she made about the case.
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