Donald Trump is indicted in Georgia over 2020 election meddling, the fourth criminal case against him
Donald Trump. Image via AP.

Georgia prosecutors indicted 18 allies of the former President as well.

Donald Trump and 18 allies were indicted in Georgia on Monday over their efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state, with prosecutors using a statute normally associated with mobsters to accuse the former president, lawyers and other aides of a “criminal enterprise” to keep him in power.

The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of acts by Trump or his allies to undo his defeat, including beseeching Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to find enough votes for him to win the battleground state; harassing a state election worker who faced false claims of fraud; and attempting to persuade Georgia lawmakers to ignore the will of voters and appoint a new slate of electoral college electors favorable to Trump.

In one particularly brazen episode, it also outlines a plot involving one of his lawyers to tamper with voting machines in a rural Georgia county and steal data from a voting machine company.

“The indictment alleges that rather than abide by Georgia’s legal process for election challenges, the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose office brought the case, said at a late-night news conference.

Other defendants include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani; and a Trump administration Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, who advanced the then-President’s efforts to undo his election loss in Georgia. Multiple other lawyers who devised legally dubious ideas aimed at overturning the results, including John Eastman, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, were also charged.

Willis said the defendants would be allowed to voluntarily surrender by noon Aug. 25. She also said she plans to ask for a trial date within six months and that she intends to try the defendants as a group.

The indictment bookends a remarkable crush of criminal cases — four in five months, each in a different city — that would be daunting for anyone, never mind someone like Trump who is simultaneously balancing the roles of criminal defendant and presidential candidate.

It comes just two weeks after the Justice Department special counsel charged him in a vast conspiracy to overturn the election, underscoring how prosecutors after lengthy investigations that followed the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol have now, two-and-a-half years later, taken steps to hold Trump to account for an assault on the underpinnings of American democracy.

The Georgia case covers some of the same ground as Trump’s recent indictment in Washington, D.C., including attempts he and his allies made to disrupt the electoral vote count at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. But its sprawling web of defendants — 19 in total — stands apart from the more tightly targeted case brought by special counsel Jack Smith, which so far only names Trump as a defendant.

In charging close Trump aides who were referenced by Smith only as un-indicted co-conspirators, the Georgia indictment alleges a scale of criminal conduct extending far beyond just the ex-President.

The charging document, in language conjuring up the seedy operations of mob bosses and gang leaders, accuses the former President of the United States, the former White House chief of staff, Trump’s attorneys and the former Mayor of New York as members of a “criminal organization” who were part of an “enterprise” that operated in Georgia and other states.

The indictment capped a chaotic day at the courthouse caused by the brief but mysterious posting on a county website of a list of criminal charges that were to be brought against the former President. Reuters, which published a copy of the document, said the filing was taken down quickly.

A Willis spokesperson said in the afternoon that it was “inaccurate” to say that an indictment had already been returned but declined to comment further on a kerfuffle that the Trump legal team rapidly jumped on to attack the integrity of the investigation.

Trump and his allies, who have characterized the investigation as politically motivated, immediately seized on the apparent error to claim that the process was rigged. Trump’s campaign aimed to fundraise off it, sending out an email with the since-deleted document embedded.

In a statement after the indictment was issued, Trump’s legal team said “the events that have unfolded today have been shocking and absurd, starting with the leak of a presumed and premature indictment before the witnesses had testified or the grand jurors had deliberated and ending with the District Attorney being unable to offer any explanation.”

The lawyers said prosecutors presenting their case “relied on witnesses who harbor their own personal and political interests — some of whom ran campaigns touting their efforts against the accused.”

Many of the 161 acts by Trump and his associates outlined in the Georgia indictment have already received widespread attention. That includes a Jan. 2, 2021, call in which Trump urged Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to overturn his election loss. That call, prosecutors said, violated a Georgia law against soliciting a public official to violate their oath.

It also charges Trump with making false statements and writings for a series of claims he made to Raffensperger and other state election officials, including that up to 300,000 ballots “were dropped mysteriously into the rolls” in the 2020 election, that more than 4,500 people voted who weren’t on registration lists and that a Fulton County election worker, Ruby Freeman, was a “professional vote scammer.”

Giuliani, meanwhile, is charged with making false statements for allegedly lying to lawmakers by claiming that more than 96,000 mail-in ballots were counted in Georgia despite there being no record of them having been returned to a county elections office, and that a voting machine in Michigan wrongly recorded 6,000 votes for Biden that were actually cast for Trump. A lawyer who has represented him declined to comment.

Also charged are individuals prosecutors say helped Trump and his allies on the ground in Georgia influence and intimidate election workers.

One man, Stephen Cliffgard Lee, was charged by prosecutors for allegedly traveling to Freeman’s home “with intent to influence her testimony.” Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss testified to Congress last year about how Trump and his allies latched onto surveillance footage from November 2020 to accuse both women of committing voter fraud — allegations that were quickly debunked, yet spread widely across conservative media.

Both women, who are Black, faced death threats for several months after the election.

The indictment also accuses Powell and several co-defendants of tampering with voting machines in Coffee County, Georgia, and stealing data belonging to Dominion Voting Systems, a producer of tabulation machines that has long been the focus of conspiracy theories.

According to evidence made public by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, Trump allies targeted Coffee County in search of evidence to back their theories of widespread voter fraud, allegedly copying data and software.

Besides the two election-related cases, Trump faces a separate federal indictment accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents as well as a New York state case charging him with falsifying business records.

As indictments mount, Trump — the leading Republican candidate for president in 2024 — often invokes his distinction as the only former President to face criminal charges. He is campaigning and fundraising around these themes, portraying himself as the victim of Democratic prosecutors out to get him.

Republican allies once again quickly rallied to Trump’s defense. “Americans see through this desperate sham,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • My Take

    August 14, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    Prison, Trumpy, they want you in PRISON!
    A squawking Orange Yardbird.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    August 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Lock him up and let him die in prison so we can forget about him and move on.

  • My Take

    August 14, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    Fani Willis — Heroine of Democracy

  • PeterH

    August 14, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Two indictments, four indictments! Trump will be very busy this campaign season.

    • PeterH

      August 14, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      Two impeachments!

      • Dont Say FLA

        August 15, 2023 at 7:11 am

        If only Mitch McConnell and the GOP had done anything with either of those impeachments, the GOP possibly might not have imploded like it did

  • StupidMFKRS

    August 14, 2023 at 11:57 pm

    Imagine living in a country where people in power spend more time trying to prevent a Presidential condidate and former President than they do on solving the border, caregiver, global food, doctor shortage, opiod, nursing, miitary recruitment, teacher shortage, pollution, infrastructure, law enforcement, child care, sex trafficking, hunger, suicide, energy, healthcare, educational, homeless, drug and alcohol and poverty crisis. Welcome to the Democrat Party’s obsession crisis with Donald Trump.

    • My Take

      August 15, 2023 at 12:03 am

      First things first.

    • PeterH

      August 15, 2023 at 12:15 am

      Democrats are very capable of walking and chewing bubble gum at the same time! Criminals belong behind bars …. Not behind a desk in the Oval Office.

    • Kathleen Beaver

      August 15, 2023 at 2:19 am

      Drumpf didn’t care about any of that when he was in office so save it.

    • Kathleen Beaver

      August 15, 2023 at 2:45 am

      Well we can’t just let Felons run a muck and homegrown domestic white terrorists destroy our capital, kill policemen and overthrow our government, threatening our military, share Pentagon secrets Thats just not who we are in the USA.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 15, 2023 at 7:09 am

      I declare StupidMFKRS’ word “CONdidate” to be the word of year.

      Thanks, StupidMFKRS!!! Best word ever!

      GOP Primary CONDIDATES

    • Tom

      August 15, 2023 at 7:39 am

      He’s only running to keep his fat ass out of jail and have the rubes pay for his defence with their donations. He did nothing but complain and air grievances when he was President and after he lost, he skulked away with his tail between his legs like a petulant child. He deserves this. It’s called due process.

      • My Take

        August 15, 2023 at 4:16 pm

        It’s called just deserts.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Does DirtSSantis love the inďictment for the trouble it gives Trump? Or hate the boost it gives him?

    • Kathleen Beaver

      August 15, 2023 at 2:26 am

      We will have to ask him when he’s done riding bumper cars and kiddie rides at the Iowa state fair where he is pretending to be important meanwhile Florida has no Governor as it’s falling apart drugs, crime, homeless and tots are shooting each other.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 12:30 am

    Get lots of coffee or CocaCola,Trumpy.
    You need a full night of TruthSocial raging.
    They have come after you!

  • Ocean Joe

    August 15, 2023 at 6:58 am

    Thoughts and prayers!

    • My Take

      August 15, 2023 at 7:33 am

      Ýou beat me to it.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 11:25 am

    “I am resolved to trust the Lord and I will simply continue to honor, praise, and serve Him,” — indicted Ellis
    But her lord is Trump.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 11:42 am

    You know the Clìnton’s are howling with laughter.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Next up:
    Eliminate DeSSantis.
    The national chorus of derision is already hard at work. Floridians pointing out his failures there definitely helps.

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