Former President Donald Trump and more than a dozen associates were indicted by a Fulton County, Georgia grand jury on charges related to the aftermath of the 2020 election. The charges represented the fourth such indictment against the former president.
The charges announced Monday night stem from an investigation by Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Williams (D). Trump was not the only person indicted, as officials tied to Trump, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), attorney Sidney Powell, attorney Jenna Ellis and others.
A total of 19 people were charged in the indictment.
Trump himself faces 13 counts as part of the indictment. The District Attorney’s office is accusing the former president of violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering law, conspiracy, false statements and asking a public official to violate their oath of office. All of the defendants have been charged under Georgia’s RICO laws.
If there are indictments tonight, it will be the fourth indictment of Donald Trump.
This is disgraceful. We had never indicted a former president or a leading presidential candidate.
Joe Biden & Democrats are weaponizing the justice system because they fear the voters. pic.twitter.com/7begrdjoyL
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 15, 2023
The indictment states that Trump and other defendants “constituted a criminal organization” who were involved in “false statements and writings, impersonating a public officer, forgery, filing false documents, influencing witnesses, computer theft, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to defraud the state, acts involving theft and perjury.”
The document also names 30 unindicted coconspirators.
The charges were signed by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney.
Trump’s campaign criticized the charges, calling it a “legal double-standard set against President Trump.”
“Under the Crooked Biden Cartel, there are no rules for Democrats, while Republicans face criminal charges for exercising their First Amendment rights,” the campaign’s statement said.
The former president’s campaign further called the indictment a “dangerous effort by the ruling class to suppress the choice of the people. It is un-American and wrong.”
“They are taking away President Trump’s First Amendment right to free speech, and the right to challenge a rigged and stolen election that the Democrats do all the time. The ones who should be prosecuted are the ones who created the corruption,” said the campaign.