Donald Trump indicted for fourth time
Donald Trump and 18 of his allies have been indicted on a range of criminal charges relating to the former president’s attempts to alter Georgia‘s 2020 election results.
The former president described the extensive charge sheet produced by a grand jury in Fulton County as an attempt to stop him from running in next year’s election, writing on Truth Social that “the witch hunt continues”.
Mr Trump has been charged with 13 counts including racketeering, filing false documents, and attempting to coerce public officers to violate their oaths, according to court documents.
The charges mark the fourth major indictment against Trump in nearly as many months, and the second related directly to his actions during the 2020 election.
Prominent allies also charged over the Georgia plot include Trump lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Trump and the others named have been issued with arrest warrants and ordered to surrender by 25 August.
On Tuesday, the former president claimed that a “Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT” he will present at a news conference on Monday at his Bedminster golf club will exonerate him.
ICYMI: Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz lead GOP reaction
Many of Mr Trump’s allies in the GOP blasted the former president’s indictment in Fulton County, Georgia, before the details of the case were even released.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 05:40
ICYMI: Trump lashes out on Truth Social over Georgia election plot charges
He was very angry about being “indicated”.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 04:40
Will Trump go to prison?
The question everyone is asking…
Will Donald Trump go to prison?
Former president Donald Trump is at the centre of several federal investigations and criminal cases, with some stemming back to the 2020 election
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 04:10
How did a charge sheet get published hours before grand jury vote?
It was the URL heard around the world.
On Monday, a document seemingly announcing 13 counts against Donald Trump was briefly published online on a Fulton County web system – before being deleted just as quickly – kicking off rampant speculation about the looming indictment and instantly fuelling claims of foul play from the former president.
The initial charge sheet seemed to show an extensive list of criminal charges against Mr Trump stemming from the long-running Georgia investigation into his attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, according to Reuters, which first reported the document.
It was published hours before the grand jury eventually voted to indict the former president and a group of his closest allies for running a criminal enterprise to overturn the 2020 election in the state and keep Mr Trump in power.
The document, which can still be viewed on the Reuters website, was quickly taken down.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 03:40
All the bombshell charges in the Georgia RICO case
John Bowden explains which charges Donald Trump et al face in Georgia.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 03:10
Scott McAfee: The judge assigned to Trump’s Georgia election plot case
Judge Scott McAfee was only appointed to the Superior Court of Fulton County earlier this year by Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
He will now take centre stage presiding over the Georgia election case against the former president.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 02:40
What’s next for Trump after his Georgia indictment?
Ariana Baio compiles what we know about what’s next for Mr Trump in the Georgia indictment.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 02:10
Could even more conspirators face charges for role in Georgia plot?
A sweeping criminal indictment targeting Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants – including members of his former legal team, White House chief of staff and government officials – also lists 30 unnamed co-conspirators who are accused of supporting the former president’s alleged criminal enterprise to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia.
The identities of those unnamed (and, as of now, uncharged) co-conspirators were not immediately clear following a state grand jury’s indictment on 14 August.
But many of the details of their alleged actions bear similarities to Trumpworld figures who were identified in previously-reported events described in the indictment.
In all, the sweeping charging document outlines a vast criminal conspiracy case connecting the actions of more than 50 people accused of trying to undermine and subvert the outcome of the 2020 election, including attempts to appoint a fraudulent slate of electors loyal to the former president, a harassment campaign targeting election workers, and efforts to copy and distribute sensitive voting machine data from a state elections office.
Alex Woodward has the details.
Josh Marcus16 August 2023 01:57
With just five words, Nixon’s ex-White House counsel sums up magnitude of Trump’s Georgia indictment
“It’s much bigger than Watergate,” he said.
Oliver O’Connell16 August 2023 01:40
Why Giuliani says he’s too ‘busy’ to respond to Georgia charges
The former New York mayor, and Mr Trump’s former personal lawyer, sent out a spokesperson to deal with questions rather than face the media the day after the indictment was handed up by a Fulton County grand jury.
After the indictment was filed under seal on Monday night and before he knew for sure if his name would be in it, Mr Giuliani admitted on his live show on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that he felt “sorry for me” if he was charged.
His spokesperson, Ted Goodman, was asked by reporters on Tuesday why the normal media-friendly Mr Giuliani could not address his indictment himself.
Josh Marcus16 August 2023 01:25