August 14, 2023
Donald Trump and 18 others were indicted on charges such as racketeering and conspiracy (RICO) following a two-year investigation into 2020 election interference by Fulton County, Georgia’s District Attorney Fani Willis. Among the eighteen other named defendants were attorneys Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis. Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was also indicted.
The indictment alleges the accused were part of a criminal organization breaching the state’s RICO law, among other offenses like making false statements and perjury.
During a post-indictment news conference, Willis emphasized the defendants’ refusal to acknowledge Trump’s loss, accusing them of knowingly engaging in a conspiracy to illegally alter the election outcome in his favor. One instance in the indictment cited Trump’s request to then-Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” during a recorded call in January 2021. Despite losing the 2020 election, Trump has perpetuated false claims of his victory and defended his attempts to challenge the results.
Before the indictment’s unsealing, Trump accused Willis of intentionally delaying her investigation to influence the 2024 presidential race via his Truth Social account. This follows a separate federal indictment from less than two weeks prior, accusing Trump and six unnamed associates of attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
In New York, Trump faces charges for falsifying business records related to hush-money payments in the 2016 campaign and mishandling classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after his presidency. An April AP-NORC poll indicated that while most voters do not believe Trump acted illegally in New York, roughly half think he did so in the cases of mishandling documents and trying to overturn the Georgia election.
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