Former US President Donald Trump has been accused of trying to reverse the 2020 Georgia election. The grand jury in Fulton County voted to indict 18 other people close to Trump as well. This is the fourth indictment against the former US president this year.
According to the published document, the former president was charged with 13 charges, including violations of the Organized Crime Act, conspiracy to commit forgery, testifying untruths and inducing state officials to break their oaths. Along with Trump, 18 others are named in the indictment, including his former lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and architect of the turnaround strategy elections John Eastman.
“Trump and the other defendants did not accept that Trump lost and fully knowingly and voluntarily joined the conspiracy to unlawfully change the election result in favor of Trump,” reads the published document. According to investigators, the defendants, along with 30 uncharged accomplices, constituted “a criminal organization engaged in various related criminal activities, including false statements and letters, impersonation of a public official, forgery, submission of false documents, influence of witnesses, theft of computer hacking, computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to defraud the state, theft, and lying under oath.”
The document describes the group’s extensive efforts to reverse the election results, including pressure on government officials in Georgia and other states and organizing “fake electoral” ballots whose votes were planned to be accepted by Congress as the legitimate votes of Georgia electors. Some of the people were also accused of hacking into Coffee County’s network with the help of local officials and gaining access to voting machine software and other sensitive data, including the votes themselves. The action was aimed at detecting alleged electoral fraud, which was never confirmed. The document mentions of Trump’s phone calls to top Georgia officials urging them to recognize his victory and his efforts to have Justice Department officials, Trump said, “simply say the election is rigged and leave the rest to me and the Republicans, despite the lack of evidence.” congressmen.”
“Georgia, like every state, has laws that allow those who believe the election results are invalid to contest them … The allegations say that instead of complying with Georgia law, the defendants engaged in a criminal enterprise to reverse Georgia presidential election results, Fulton County Attorney General Fani Willis said during a press conference. She added that all defendants have until August 25 to turn themselves in to state justice. She also added that she would request that the trial of Trump and his associates begin within the next six months, although she noted that the decision on this matter rests with the judge.
The allegations are the result of a more than two-year investigation by the state’s attorney’s office into Trump’s push to reverse the election results. In many ways, the allegations against Trump coincide with those he heard in federal court in Washington, where he was also charged in August with broader illegal attempts to stay in power despite losing the election.
Indictment prematurely on the court’s website
Even before the indictment was announced, a document appeared on the Fulton County, Georgia courthouse listing 12 counts against the former president in a case titled “Georgia v. Donald TrumpHe was removed from the court shortly thereafter. According to a photo published by Reuters, the document included charges of violating the Organized Crime Law (RICO), conspiring to commit forgery, and soliciting state officials to break oaths.
The court denied that these were official allegations and described them as a “fictitious document”. Despite this, the former president’s lawyers sharply criticized the prosecutor’s office for premature charges. “The witness statements before the grand jury are not even over yet – but it is clear that the District Attorney has already decided how this case will end,” attorneys Drew Findling and Jennifer Little said in a statement.
Trump’s campaign denies the accusations
Donald Trump maintains that the Democratic investigation against him was politically motivated. In a statement from Trump’s campaign staff, it was assessed that “false indictments” are intended to disrupt the election process in which the former president’s campaign “leads”.
“The latest coordinated strike by a biased prosecutor from a predominantly Democratic jurisdiction is not only a betrayal of the American people’s trust, but also reveals the true motivations behind these fabricated accusations,” it said.
“It can be called electoral interference or election manipulation – it is a dangerous attempt by the ruling class to stifle the people’s choice,” the statement said.
Donald Trump’s legal problems
The latest accusation against Trump is the fourth that the former president and leader of the Republican presidential race has heard this year. In the first case, in New York, he faced 31 counts of falsifying business records in connection with concealing payment of silence to porn star Stormy Daniels about their alleged intimate encounters.
In the second case, Trump faces 40 counts of illegally holding documents containing state secrets related to national security and obstruction of justice.
In early August, Trump pleaded guilty to four counts of colluding with his lawyers and a former Justice Department official in a federal court in Washington to illegally stay in power despite losing the 2020 presidential election.
The trial in New York is scheduled to begin in March 2024, and in Florida in May. In both cases, it will be during the Republican primaries, which are to determine the party’s candidate in the November presidential election.
The state charges from Georgia could prove to be the most embarrassing for Trump, both because of his use of organized crime laws and the fact that even if he wins next year’s presidential election, he won’t be able to pardon himself or recommend the prosecution, Politico reports. withdrawal of charges. This is only possible in federal cases.
Donald Trump is the first former president in history USAwho faced criminal charges.
Main photo source: Reuters