An Atlanta grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump, along with 18 other individuals, over their attempts to overturn his 2020 electoral loss. This represents the fourth criminal case against Trump. The indictment alleges that Trump and the others conspired unlawfully to alter the election results. The investigation, spearheaded by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, focuses on significant alleged interventions by Trump’s allies in the 2020 election. Unlike the charges presented by special counsel Jack Smith, any convictions arising from Willis’ investigation will be immune to interference by Trump, even if he were to be re-elected in 2024. This means Trump wouldn’t have the authority to pardon himself or those involved, nor could he remove Fulton County’s prosecutors.
The full list of individuals indicted include:
INDICTED IN GEORGIA'S 2020 ELECTION CASE:
1. Donald Trump
2. Rudy Giuliani (lawyer)
3. John Eastman (lawyer)
4. Mark Meadows (fmr. White House Chief of Staff)
5. Kenneth Chesebro (lawyer)
6. Jeffrey Clark (ex-assistant attorney general)
7. Jenna Ellis (lawyer)
8. Ray Smith III…
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Trump responded with his own statement:
“Like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Deranged Jack Smith, and New York AG Letitia James, Fulton County, GA’s radical Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis is a rabid partisan who is campaigning and fundraising on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments. Ripping a page from Crooked Joe Biden’s playbook, Willis has strategically stalled her investigation to try and maximally interfere with the 2024 presidential race and damage the dominant Trump campaign. All of these corrupt Democrat attempts will fail.
“Combined with the intentionally slow-walked investigations by the Biden-Smith goon squads and the false charges in New York, the timing of this latest coordinated strike by a biased prosecutor in an overwhelmingly Democrat jurisdiction not only betrays the trust of the American people, but also exposes true motivation driving their fabricated accusations.
“They could have brought this two and half years ago, yet they chose to do this for election interference reasons in the middle of President Trump’s successful campaign. He is not only leading all Republicans by a lot but he is leading against Joe Biden in almost every poll. President Trump represents the greatest threat to these Democrats’ political futures (and the greatest hope for America).”