Former President Donald Trump, along with 18 other individuals, has been criminally charged in Georgia, stemming from the efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory in the state. This groundbreaking indictment was made public late Monday night. So, Trump charged in Georgia 2020 election probe, his fourth indictment.
Trump is accused of breaching 13 counts, including one for racketeering in Georgia, another for encouraging a public official to break their oath. Another for planning to impersonate a public official. Another for planning to fake documents in the first degree. Additionally, he is accused of planning to submit forged paperwork.
The indictment, historical in nature, follows a 2½-year meticulous investigation steered by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis. This probe came to light after a January 2021 phone call was leaked. In this call, Trump had urged Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to challenge the authenticity of numerous ballots. Especially those from the predominantly Democratic Atlanta area. Trump expressed his wish to “find” the necessary votes to negate his 2020 loss in the state.
Subsequently, the investigation’s ambit grew, covering other alleged endeavors by Trump and his supporters. These include attempting to obstruct the electoral college process, intimidating election workers, disseminating false information regarding Georgia’s voting process, and allegedly tampering with election equipment in a rural county.
Trump, in defense, has consistently labeled the Georgia investigation as a “political witch hunt”, asserting that his calls to Raffensperger. Other officials were beyond reproach.
The indictment, which spans a detailed 98 pages, levies a total of 41 charges against the 19 defendants. Although each defendant is accused with a different crime, they are all accused of breaking the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Among the notable individuals charged are Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and Trump’s post-election personal attorney; Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff; and several Trump advisers, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro. They were reportedly involved in devising a plan to create alternate slates of Trump electors.
The indictment also implicates several individuals who are lesser-known but were allegedly part of the efforts to overturn Trump’s defeat in Georgia. This group includes three individuals accused of intimidating a Fulton County election worker named Ruby Freeman. Furthermore, another set of individuals are charged with allegedly attempting to access election equipment data in rural Coffee County, Ga.
It’s pertinent to note that this indictment against Trump in Georgia is his fourth and is notably more comprehensive and detailed compared to the ongoing federal investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith.
It will be interesting to observe how these allegations affect Trump’s political. Public image throughout the course of the court processes.