Fourth Indictment Pres Trump

August 15, 2023
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Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.

The 97-page indictment issued by Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, accusing former President Donald Trump and 18 other defendants of a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Why It Matters: The 41-count indictment charges President Trump and 18 others of functioning as a "criminal enterprise" whose members engaged in various related criminal activities in connection with their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. The former President faces 13 felony counts, including filing false documents, making false statements, conspiring to impersonate a public officer, and conspiring to commit forgery. The 18 other defendants include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Pres. Trump legal adviser Sidney Powell, and former Pres. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The Big Picture: President Donald Trump is the first former president to face a criminal indictment and Monday's indictment marked the fourth criminal case filed against him since March. He has denied any wrongdoing, pleaded not guilty to every charge in all of the cases so far, and is expected to do so in the latest case.

  • In the New York state case, he faces 34 felony charges related to allegations he falsified business records linked to hush money payments.
  • The two federal cases are products of the Special Counsel's investigation and were brought by the U.S. federal government (the Department of Justice).
    • In the federal case out of Florida, he faces 40 felony charges related to allegations he mishandled classified documents.
    • In the federal case out of Washington D.C., he faces 4 felony charges related to his efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election.

Of Note: Earlier in the day on Monday, a document listing the 13 charges against former President Trump was posted briefly on a court website before it was taken down. In response to questions about how and why the document was posted ahead of the charges being announced, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, said that the grand jury deliberated until almost 8pm and returned the indictment right after 8pm.

President Trump's Response:
Shortly after the charges were announced, the former President wrote on his social media platform Truth Social:

"So, the Witch Hunt continues! 19 people Indicated tonight, including the former President of the United States, me, by an out of control and very corrupt District Attorney who campaigned and raised money on, 'I will get Trump.' And what about those Indictment Documents put out today, long before the Grand Jury even voted, and then quickly withdrawn? Sounds Rigged to me! Why didn’t they Indict 2.5 years ago? Because they wanted to do it right in the middle of my political campaign. Witch Hunt!

READ the 97-page indictment HERE

by Jenna Lee,