Former US President Donald Trump has been charged alongside 18 others for attempting to overturn his loss in the state of Georgia during the 2020 elections.
In a 41-charge document released by a grand jury in Fulton County, the former president is accused of racketeering and forgery among other charges. This indictment represents Mr. Trump’s fourth criminal charge of this year. He has denied all the allegations levied against him in the charges presented.
In February 2021, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis began looking into claims that Mr. Trump and his associates had interfered with the 2020 elections. The DA indicated she was providing the defendants the chance to voluntarily surrender on or before noon on Friday, August 25, after the indictment was released on Monday night. She stated that she intends to present cases against all 19 defendants concurrently.
Trump is charged alongside 18 co-conspirators including his former attorney Rudy Giuliani, former chief of staff of the White House Mark Meadows, and former attorney for the White House John Eastman. The 98 page charge sheet accuses them of several felony counts including committing a racketeering offense in Georgia, first-degree conspiracy to commit forgeries and false writing, drafting false declarations, and filing fraudulent paperwork.
Mr. Trump, who is currently in the lead for the Republican Party’s nomination for president, claimed Ms. Willis’ probe was politically motivated as the DA is a democrat.
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Fani Willis, who oversaw the investigation that resulted in the grand jury’s indictment, announced on Monday night that she would be requesting a trial date within the following six months.