Trump accused Georgia of trying to reverse the election victory there

Trump’s attempt to steal Joe Biden’s victory in the state is the main part of the general rioting effort that culminated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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A video presentation plays as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its final meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP)

 

WASHINGTON – Trump accused Georgia was indicted Monday night in Georgia for committing a state felony while trying to force election officials to reverse his narrow victory over Joe Biden there, as part of an effort to tried to overthrow the state in power despite the 2020 elections.

Trump has been charged with more than a dozen crimes, ranging from conspiracy to commit fraud to forgery to fraud, which are considered “serious” crimes and punishable by up to 20 years. ‘State.

A long list of Trump lawyers and associates, including Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and several Georgia Republican officials were also charged.

In a press conference that began at midnight, District Attorney Fani Willis said that the “evil conspiracy” had the “improper purpose of allowing Donald J. Trump takes over as president beginning January 20, 2021.”

“The grand jury has issued arrest warrants for the accused,” Willis said. “I hereby grant the defendants the opportunity to voluntarily surrender themselves as soon as Friday afternoon, August 25, 2023.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to RGateFeed’s questions about whether and when Trump would do so.

The 98-page document describes a total of 161 criminal acts, 41 counts and 19 defendants, including Trump, who is accused in 13 of the counts. The plan is described as a “criminal enterprise” under Georgia’s anti-trafficking laws.

“Trump and the other defendants charged in the indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and that they knowingly and knowingly participated in a conspiracy to illegally sway the election in favor of Trump,” the statement said. – read.

Among the charges: Insults and threats against two Fulton County election officials, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, for falsely accusing them of vote tampering.

The decision was based on a fake vote scheme, which he said was “aimed at disrupting and delaying the January 6, 2021 congressional session, in order to illegally invalidate the results of the presidential election.” November 3, 2020 Confirmed. of Donald Trump.

Willis’ complaint shows a timeline through the events of the infamous week, beginning with Trump’s Oct. 1. December 31, 2020 – three days before the election day – about the issue of which he will say fraud and declare victory even if he wins. Trump actually made such a statement in the hours of election night: “An apparent and ongoing development of a conspiracy,” according to the indictment. The report, listing the date, time and place, reveals events that are not illegal in themselves, but combined are various elements of a conspiracy to stay illegally in power despite the defeat.

A Fulton County grand jury handed down the indictment against Trump shortly before 9 p.m. AND after a marathon day of hearing evidence. Local police began building a barricade around the court two weeks ago in anticipation of possible protests.

In a statement his presidential campaign released about an hour after the indictment was filed but before it was made public, Trump called Willis a “rapid supporter” who was trying to undermine his efforts to get back at White. House. “They are taking away President Trump’s First Amendment right to free speech and the right to challenge the election-stealing that Democrats do all the time,” the statement read, repeating the same lie that led and Jan. 1. 6, 2021, the first rebellion.

This statement is the second related to his election campaign before and after the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Trump was indicted in a federal indictment in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago, accusing him of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct government proceedings, obstruction of a government official and conspiracy to defraud. civil rights.

US Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith brought 37 felony charges against Trump in June for keeping secret documents at his Florida country club and hiding them from authorities seeking to return them.

In Georgia, Trump, his campaign, and his White House colleagues, including then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, pushed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others to undermine Trump’s victory. .

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis began her investigation shortly after the release of tapes showing Trump threatening Raffensperger with the possibility of criminal charges. Willis asked a special jury to investigate the pressure campaign and efforts by Trump and his allies in Georgia. The grand jury finished its work earlier this year and disbanded. He did not have the authority to issue charges, which Willis will always try with a grand jury.

The judge in charge of the 23 parties, however, released three short parts of the jury’s report on February 1. 16. In it, the jurors wrote that they had determined that there were no voters everywhere in Georgia, as Trump continued to lie. The judges also said they believed that at least one of the 75 witnesses who appeared before them testified.

In the Willis case, the grand jury included recommendations on who to indict and the charges listed in the judge’s brief.

Trump has lied, and continues to lie, that he “stoked” the election in Georgia and other states. Trump used those lies to anger the thousands of followers he drew to the nation’s capital for the Congressional Electoral College vote counting ceremony on Jan.

Trump defended his phone call with Raffensperger in which he asked staff to find him 11,780 more votes. Trump said the conversation was “much better” than his 2019 request to newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, when Trump asked him for “grace” to vet Biden, whom Trump had most threatened as an opponent in the election. general.

During a CNN “town hall” hosted by the network in May, Trump reiterated his claim that he did nothing wrong by saying that Georgian officials “found him” the votes he needed.

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