ATLANTA–A Fulton County grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump on Monday, Aug. 14, charging him with more than a dozen felonies in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election secured by President Joe Biden. Trump is the first president in U.S. history to face criminal charges.
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The indictment also charged 18 allies who refused to accept Trump’s loss in Georgia, media around the nation are reporting today(Aug. 15). The co-defendants include Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former lawyer; Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff; Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official; and John Eastman, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, conservative lawyers who helped to push schemes and conspiracies of voter fraud.
The indictment, which described the group as a “criminal organization,” states that “Trump and the other defendants charged in the indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.”
The charges, brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, marked the fourth set of criminal charges against Trump, the Republican front runner for the 2024 presidential election.
Willis said at a news conference on Monday night that arrest warrants have been issued for all of the defendants in the case. They have until noon on Aug. 25 to turn themselves in, Willis said.
Trump has pleaded not guilty in three criminal cases against him.
The Georgia case stems from a Jan. 2, 2021 phone call in which Trump urged Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, to “find” enough votes to reverse his narrow loss in the state, saying: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” Raffensperger declined to do so.
For years, Georgia had been a strong Republican state but is now a critical battleground state with three monumental Democratic victories: the election of President Biden and the re-election of Sen. Raphael Warnockin 2020, and Sen. Jon Ossoff’s election in 2021.
Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), who co-chairs the Task Force for Strengthening Democracy, issued the following statement concerning the indictment in Fulton County:
“After losing the free and fair 2020 election, the failed former president attempted to disenfranchise Georgia voters because he didn’t like the result. That was an assault on our democracy. Now, Donald Trump is facing the consequences of his actions. Too bad for him, in Fulton County we apply the law equally to everyone–even failed former presidents.”