Fulton County GA grand jury indicts Trump over 2020 election


Former President Donald Trump takes a verbal jab at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over legislation that DeSantis supports but Trump calls a bailout for the insurance industry. In this photo, Trump pumps his fist as he reacts to the crowd after announcing his third bid for the presidency from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Donald Trump was indicted on criminal charges on Monday for attempting to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. The indictment is the fourth facing the former president as he mounts another campaign for the White House.

Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, where much of Atlanta is located, secured the indictment from a grand jury. Trump was charged alongside 18 other defendants, including his former attorneys — Rudolph Giuliani, John Eastman and Jenna Ellis — as well as his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, among others.

Trump refused to accept his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election and, in the months following the November vote, attempted to pressure local officials in battleground states to overturn their official vote counts.

In a call with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, on Jan. 2, 2021, Trump attempted to convince him to change the state’s election results by “finding” enough votes to declare him the victor.

“What I want to do is this,” Trump said. “I just want to find, uh, 11,780 votes.”

Earlier this month, Trump was indicted on federal charges over his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results, including in Georgia. That case, brought by special counsel Jack Smith, alleges Trump conspired to obstruct an official proceeding, defraud the United States and disenfranchise voters.

Trump is also charged in New York State with allegedly falsifying business records to cover up an extramarital affair ahead of the 2016 presidential election, and in Florida on federal charges over his alleged retention and concealment of highly classified documents.

Trump, 77, is currently the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

This story was originally published August 14, 2023, 9:59 PM.

Michael Wilner is McClatchy’s Senior National Security and White House Correspondent. A member of the White House team since 2019, he led coverage of the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. Wilner previously served as Washington bureau chief for The Jerusalem Post. He holds degrees from Claremont McKenna College and Columbia University and is a native of New York City. Fulton County GA grand jury indicts Trump over 2020 election

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