Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Indictment Number Four: Trump Charged in Georgia Election Interference Case

by Nomad

In a significant development, an Atlanta-based grand jury has handed down indictments against Donald Trump and 18 additional individuals, encompassing state charges linked to their unsuccessful attempts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. 

Marking a historic moment, the 41-count indictment, revealed on Monday, 14 August, represents the fourth instance of criminal charges being levied against Donald Trump. The indictment also included an additional 30 unindicted co-conspirators in addition to the charged defendants.

Read the 41-count, 98-page indictment here.

As outlined by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis during a press briefing on Monday, all 19 co-defendants are required to present themselves for surrender no later than noon on August 25. This announcement follows the public release of the indictment.

Here's that press conference.

According to the indictment, Trump and others “knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome” of the election, And those charged “unlawfully conspired and endeavored to conduct and participate in a criminal enterprise” after Trump lost the election in Georgia.
"That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states.”
Along with the 13 counts, the indictment includes a charge of violating Georgia's RICO Act, or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.
Since 1970, this legislation has been a useful tool in the prosecution of the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count.