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Trump and 18 Conspirators Indicted in Georgia for Election Fraud

I apologize to my Republican friends for doubting their claims of widespread election fraud. It turns out our Republic really is in danger from powerful people trying to rig elections:

A grand jury in Georgia has indicted Donald Trump for his role in failed efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, implicating the former president as the head of a sweeping conspiracy to subvert his defeat.

…In a 41-count indictment handed up Monday, an Atlanta-based grand jury outlined a series of charges against Trump, including solicitation of a violation of an oath by a public officer, citing his infamous call with Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump pushed him to “find” votes and reverse his loss in the state.

Those also charged include:

  • onetime Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Kenneth Cheseboro, Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell;
  • former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows;
  • former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark;
  • and a number of so-called fake electors, who signed certificates saying Trump won Georgia and that they were official electors, and which included former Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer.

All of those charged are accused of violating the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, as Fulton County prosecutors allege efforts to copy election data from a rural county office and hearings designed to convince lawmakers to throw out certified results were also part of a criminal enterprise [Stephen Fowler, “Donald Trump Is Indicted in Georgia for Seeking to Overturn the 2020 Election,” NPR, 2023.08.15].

The Georgia indictment opens with this concise statement of fact:

Defendant Donald John Trump lost the United States presidential election held on November 3, 2020. One of the states he lost was Georgia. Trump and the other Defendants charged in this 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. That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states [Georgia v. Trump et al., indictment, Fulton County Superior Court, 2023.08.14, p. 14].

The indictment says the 19 named defendants were aided and abetted by 30 unindicted co-conspirators “and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury”. These dozens of conspirators “constituted a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in various related criminal activities including, but not limited to, 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.”

Wow—that sounds like a lot more organized crime that slipping your ballot into a dropbox or voting early. Maybe South Dakota Secretary of State Monae Johnson should forward the Georgia indictment to her election-integrity study committee, direct the members to read it before their August 22 meeting, and come to Pierre prepared to discuss how to prevent the Trump election fraudsters from waging such a war on South Dakota’s election integrity in 2024, since Trump and friends appear to be the real threat to election integrity across the country.

Paradoxically, part of Trump’s massive election fraud includes about massive election fraud. See Count 27:

And the Grand Jurors aforesaid, in the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia, do charge and accuse DONALD JOIfl’I TRUMP and JOHN CHARLES EASTMAN with the offense of FILING FALSE DOCUMENTS, O.C.G.A. § 16-10-20.1(b)(1), for the said accused, individually and as persons concerned in the commission of a crime, and together with unindicted co-conspirators, in the County of Fulton and State of Georgia, on or about the 3lst day of December 2020, knowingly and unlawfully filed a document titled “VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR EMERGENCY INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF” in the matter of Trump v. Kemp, Case 1:20-cv-05310-MHC, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, a court of the United States, having reason to know that said document contained at least one of the following materially false statements:

  1. That “as many as 2,506 felons with an uncompleted sentence” voted illegally in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
  2. That “at least 66,247 underage” people voted illegally in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
  3. That “at least 2,423 individuals” voted illegally in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia “who were not listed in the State’s records as having been registered to vote”;
  4. That “at least 1,043 individuals” voted illegally in the N0vember 3, 2020, presidential election “who had illegally registered to vote using a postal office box as their habitation”;
  5. That “as many as 10,315 or more” dead people voted in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
  6. That “[d]eliberate misinformation was used to instruct Republican poll watchers and members of the press to leave the premises for the night at approximately 10:00 pm. on November 3, 2020” at State Farm Arena in Fulton County, Georgia;

contrary to the laws of said State, the good order, peace and dignity thereof; [Georgia v. Trump et al., indictment, 2023.08.14, p. 86].

Trump’s lies about election fraud (the lies Monae Johnson herself has facilitated) will now be used in court as part of the argument that he is the election-fraudster in chief.

38 Comments

  1. sx123 2023-08-15

    Yeah I think when most people think of election fraud, they think people voting multiple times, unregistered voters voting, election officials changing tallies (nearly impossible based on my experience running polls), etc.

    This is a whole different animal. Alledgedly Trump’s legal team (legal team!) hacked into voting machines too.

  2. John 2023-08-15

    “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”
    – Joseph Stalin, perhaps co-opted by trump and the trump conspirators

  3. All Mammal 2023-08-15

    I am proud of the women risking their very lives for justice. Ms. Fani is a badass and the bravery of real patriots in this saga will be inspirational to little girls and boys of future generations. Taking down the villain takes teams of hardworking Americans we can all be proud of.

    On a lighter note, has anyone else noticed the superficial differences between the good guys and the bad guys in these cases? Holy moly. When the news showed the photos of Trump’s motley crew, including Ms. Powell(yeesh), Mr. Rudy(ahh!), and Mr. Eastman(goddamn), we laughed so hard. Their mugs fit a very specific brand of fugly that should tell you to run.

  4. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    Two days before Donald Trump’s attempted takeover of the United States in 2021 John Eastman was summoned to the Oval Office to share some exotic extralegal scenarios. As he left a Santa Fe restaurant in 2022 he was frisked by federal agents who seized his iPhone Pro 12 presumed to contain incriminating evidence of Trump’s attempted coup d’état.

    Eastman owns a property at 180 Valley Drive on the north side of Santa Fe not far from the Governor’s mansion.

    Eastman knew Jeffrey Epstein through impeachment lawyer Bruce Castor and through Alan Dershowitz, also believed to be a pedophile. A Florida church has claimed the deed to the isolated Zorro Ranch outside of Stanley, New Mexico that Epstein purchased in 1993 now tied up in a court battle in Santa Fe and languishing on the market for $18 million. In a 2016 deposition Virginia Giuffre told a court that when she was sixteen Epstein madam, Ghislane Maxwell aided and abetted her rapes there. Giuffre went on to work for Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

  5. e platypus onion 2023-08-15

    More liberal witch hunts against pure as the driven snow drumpf? Time for Duhkota’s drumpf defenders, Marlboro Barbie, Cardboard Mike and Zit to leap to drumpf’s defense.

  6. P. Aitch 2023-08-15

    Giddy-up! I’m going to be fair to both sides. *(see my next post for Donald Trump’s defense argument as presented by the AI research team.)
    The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) of 1970 …
    Why it matters: It’s RICO. It’s unpardonable by any president, since it’s a state charge. The specifics are damning and hard to spin.
    – The indictment alleges that members of the “criminal enterprise” unlawfully accessed voting equipment and voter data in Georgia — and then distributed that stolen data to members in other states.
    – Many close to Trump have long thought that if one case could bring him down, it’s this. – AXIOS AM

  7. leslie 2023-08-15

    So what is the spin from Republicans to late-last-night Georgia’s multiple felony indictments handed down against Trump and fellow his soon-to-be-convicted conspiring political criminal liars, I wonder?

    Should be amusing to read here how Kristi and her ruling SD GOP will distract their super majority voter puppets from the slow, grinding wheels of democratic justice.

  8. P. Aitch 2023-08-15

    From the style and research of F. Lee Bailey:
    – Ladies and gentlemen of the court, esteemed members of the jury, today we gather here to challenge the sufficiency of the prosecution’s case against our client under the RICO Act. It is my duty to present to you the common defense strategies employed in such cases.

    Firstly, we must emphasize that our justice system operates under the presumption of innocence. The burden rests with the prosecution to prove each and every element of the RICO Act beyond a reasonable doubt. We shall scrutinize the alleged criminal enterprise, seeking to establish that our client’s involvement did not meet the stringent requirements of RICO.

    One common defense is challenging the requisite “pattern of racketeering activity.” The RICO Act stipulates that there must be a continuity of criminal conduct, that is, a series of related predicate acts. We will investigate whether these acts actually demonstrate a pattern or merely isolated incidents that lack the required continuity.

    In RICO cases, prosecutors often rely on the concept of “association in fact” to link our client to the alleged criminal enterprise. To counter this, we will challenge the association element, aiming to demonstrate that our client’s connection to any purported criminal organization is dubious, at best. We will explore whether there was a genuine structure, purpose, or commonality amongst the alleged participants, or if our client was merely a tangential or unknowing figure.

    Moreover, we shall scrutinize the prosecutors’ evidentiary foundation. We will challenge the credibility and reliability of their witnesses, the accuracy and integrity of the documents relied upon, and the veracity of any wiretaps or other electronic surveillance, which may form the cornerstone of their case. We will examine whether these pieces of evidence were obtained lawfully, without any constitutional or procedural violations.

    Lastly, we will contest any allegations of our client’s intent to participate in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Intent is a crucial element in RICO cases, and we will seek to establish that our client lacked the requisite knowledge, intent, or agreement to engage in illegal activities.

    In conclusion, it is our steadfast belief that the prosecution’s case against our client fails to fulfill the demanding standard set forth by the RICO Act. We will vigorously employ these defenses, along with any others that justice warrants to ensure that our client’s rights are protected and that the truth prevails in this courtroom. Thank you.

  9. John 2023-08-15

    91 felony charges. 91.
    The South Dakota republicant party has an opportunity to pretend they represent the public interest by invokiing the 14th Amendment, Section 3, and bar trump from the South Dakota presidential ballot.
    The South Dakota republicant party will fail its public stewardship for it is leaderless, absent any recognizable moral authority.

  10. Mark Mowry 2023-08-15

    The courts are closing in on Donald Trump in the same way that the Milky Way Galaxy is closing in on Planet Earth. But by all means rave on. I’ll sit back and enjoy the show.

  11. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-08-15

    So what, it must really make Democrats mad that “REPUBLICANS” are standing with TRUMP, and protecting him from the Democrats.

    We use morals, values, ethics, and Responsility to lead by example. We could bring impeachment articles against Biden any day, but we do not play the political game. We just investigate, showing Americans the Democrat Scams.

  12. P. Aitch 2023-08-15

    Take a seat, Zitterich. Your arms aren’t long enough to box with liberals.

  13. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    Republicans: it’s all just a uniparty anyway.

    Also Republicans: Democrats are picking on Trump because he’s a Republican!

  14. jerry 2023-08-15

    Mike Z. What you’re saying is that republicans are criminals… makes sense to me on why they stand with trump

  15. e platypus onion 2023-08-15

    “We use morals, values, ethics, and Responsility to lead by example”. This from a used car salesman with many negative revues? Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  16. Arlo Blundt 2023-08-15

    Rudolph Giuliana will flip, if he hasn’t all ready. A former federal prosecutor, Rudy knows what prison is like. He;s old, sick, alcoholic, and there is certainly a way for him to wiggle his way out of being prosecuted. All the prosecutors taking on Trump could use a “star witness”. I think Rudy will take the opportunity to fill the bill.

  17. e platypus onion 2023-08-15

    https://www.rawstory.com/trump-pardon-in-georgia/

    Donald Trump’s supporters in “MAGA World” are already urging that Georgia law be changed so the former president – who is loudly declaring his innocence – can be pardoned.

    After a fourth indictment was handed down on Monday night, legal analysts began explaining how the former president can’t be pardoned if he is found guilty. Only governors can pardon state charges but, in Georgia, not even that is possible.

  18. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    Here’s how Mrs. Noem could introduce Herr Trump in Raped City.

    “91 criminal charges
    26 sexual assault allegations
    6 bankruptcies
    5 draft deferments
    4 indictments
    2 impeachments
    1 convicted company
    1 fake university shut down
    1 fake charity shut down
    $25 million fraud settlement
    $5 million sexual abuse verdict
    $2 million charity abuse judgment”

    And.

    “1 act of sedition, and threatening civil war. 26 women alleging sexual assault. 1.13 million Americans dead from Covid. And he is the front runner of the Republican Party.”

  19. e platypus onion 2023-08-15

    Kurt, you forgot the psrtridge in a pear tree.

  20. chris 2023-08-15

    Who brought the “Symposium” to SIOUX FALLS, SD?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2022/08/15/sidney-powell-coffee-county-sullivan-strickler/

    […Network data purportedly obtained from Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, were presented at an August 2021 election-fraud symposium held by MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell in Sioux Falls, S.D., as The Post previously reported. That data was captured through a county guest wireless network, according to officials, and contained no sensitive information.

    A Lindell ally who spoke at the symposium, Peters, the clerk in Mesa County, was later indicted on charges relating to an alleged breach of the voting system. Sensitive data from the system was leaked online. Peters denies wrongdoing. Authorities have not accused Powell’s group of involvement in the case. …]

  21. O 2023-08-15

    P. Aitch, if there were any element of the Trump trial the prosecutor would RELISH, it would have to be demonstrating the “pattern of racketeering activity.” The former President’s coconspirators have been shown NO loyalty or protection from him, now spurned and angry they will speak to ALL the criminal activities, plans, and contrivances Donals Trump engaged in. This will be where Trump will be put on trial for EVERYTHING wrong he has done; the goal is to demonstrate guiltiness — not just guilt.

  22. P. Aitch 2023-08-15

    Hear, hear O.

  23. P. Aitch 2023-08-15

    MAGA MISDIRECT WITH MISINFORMATION
    It’s not an attack on Trump’s free speech. Trump’s actions were “overt acts”.
    The Trump indictment alleges that Trump’s 12 tweets — as well as phone calls, texts, meetings and other activity by him and his allies — comprised “elements of a conspiracy” to subvert the election by people who knowingly spread election lies.

    OUJI-CR 2-18
    CONSPIRACY – OVERT ACT DEFINED
    An overt act is any act performed by any member of the conspiracy which is done for the purpose of furthering or carrying out the ultimate intent of the agreement, or which would naturally accomplish the object of the conspiracy.

    Overt Act Explained by Example: Renting a car is not illegal. Nor is buying a ski mask or mapping out a street’s surveillance cameras. But if those steps were taken in furtherance of a plot to rob a bank, they may be listed as overt acts in a conspiracy indictment.
    – AXIOS PM

  24. Mike Zitterich 2023-08-15

    As a precinct committeeman, I myself stand with Donald Trump, I often meet with my fellow neighbors in precinct 5-22 of Minnehaha County, and I can rest assured, the people in my precinct, the majority of them do support Donald Trump. That means, from District 25, Donald Trump by far is the nominated candidate of my district, therefore, the leading majority choice of the Republican Party. I do and meet and discuss political affairs with many people in my precinct. Thank Your Time.
    -Mike Zitterich
    Minnehaha County
    Precinct 5-22

  25. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    The chasm in the SDGOP is therefore widened. Let the blood flow.

  26. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    Mr. Zitterich is not wrong, South Dakota’s Republican delegation has turned on Mr. Trump as a legitimate candidate so why not acknowledge that fact?

  27. larry kurtz 2023-08-15

    It’s time to admit the SDGOP is a stupid mess.

  28. leslie 2023-08-16

    91 felony charges! 30,000 lies!! Whata guy!

  29. jerry 2023-08-16

    The GOP holds aces and eights with trump as the dealer. This is a dead man’s hand.

  30. P. Aitch 2023-08-16

    Nearly every former President Trump supporter I’ve had to interact with this beautiful Wednesday morning has been in a notably pissed off mood.
    I’m empathetic to their despair.
    Brings to mind the thing I like most about our President Joe “Steady” Biden.
    We liberals don’t have to apologize for him or defend his actions.
    Because, after Trump. You know.

  31. jerry 2023-08-16

    Enjoy!! To be played at Trump rallies, with apologies to Charlie Daniels-—
    Trump called down to Georgia
    he was looking for some votes to steal
    He was in a bind cause he was way behind
    He was willin’ to make a deal
    Trump came across Willis and Smith
    His whole gang pled the fifth
    He jumped up on a hickory stump
    said ” My Name is Trump. I’m the color of a Sith”
    I’m twice impeached, it wasn’t fair
    A convicted pussy grabber too
    And if you’d care to take a dare
    I’ll make a bet with you
    Now you’ve had many chances to get me
    but give my MAGATS their due
    I bet Mar A Lago gilded with gold against your soul
    cause I think I’m better than you (or anyone)
    The DA said my name is Jack
    and it might be a sin
    But I’ll take your bet, you’re gonna regret
    cause I’m the best there’s ever been
    Jack and Fani, present your case
    and grill your witnesses hard
    Cause there are traitors down in Georgia and Trump is a retard
    And if you win, it’s prison until Trump is dead or old
    But if you lose, the nation lost its soul
    Trump tried to ignore the facts
    said, “It’s a witch hunt show.”
    And lies flew from his lips
    His Flesh the color of a Cheeto
    He spewed BS for his MAGA crowd
    and they made an evil hiss
    The MAGATS screamed loud , the Boys were Proud
    and it sounded something like this
    FFFFFFF-AAAAAAAAAAA-RRRRRRR-TTTTTTTTTT
    When Trump had finished Jack and Fani said
    well, you’re the stable genius ol’ son
    But sit down in that chair right there
    and let me show you how it’s done
    Trump’s as orange as the risin’ sun
    This will will end his POTUS run
    Trump keeps begging for more MAGA dough
    No matter how he begs, the people say, “No.”
    Fake electors and conspirators
    All know he never won
    Tried to steal and make a deal
    The People would have none.
    Meadows, Giuliani and Powell
    In the courtroom they will howl
    Stop with all this evidence
    MAGATs Shouting “Hang Mike Pence.”
    Trump’s as orange as the risin’ sun
    Lies he recorded, ends his POTUS run
    Trump keeps begging for more MAGA dough
    No matter how he begs the people say, “No.”
    Then Trump bowed his head
    because he knew that he’d been beat
    and he lay down on a prison bed
    under Lady Justice’s feet
    Jack and Fani said “Don’t come back”.
    That includes Rudy too
    We told you once, you seditionists
    that the Rule of Law is true
    Lies and crimes, end the MAGATS run
    Trump’s as orange as the risin’ sun
    Rudy and the rest with morals so low
    Go to prison, Don’t pass Go.
    Trump’s as orange as the risin’ sun
    This will end his POTUS run
    Trump keeps begging for more MAGA dough
    No matter how he begs the people say, “No.”

  32. leslie 2023-08-16

    The danger of a couple so-called elected Democrats in this time of razor thin congressional majorities:

    @guardiannews
    Joe Manchin vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against US climate law he helped pass

    and then there is RFK, Sinema who is already gone, the slow historical debacle of Joe Lieberman.

    fwiw: Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is on the warpath [w/Sen. Cornyn (R)] over what she and border-state Democrats decry as Arizona’s disproportionately small share of an $800 million pot aimed at alleviating overcrowded migrant holding facilities … [saying] she and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) worked behind the scenes in December to get Senate Republicans to sign off on roughly $800 million in border money that lawmakers in both parties assumed would flow to states on the front lines of migration. Politico

    Meanwhile Thune is less than honest about Biden but despite critique about the President’s ice cream fondness:

    @SenJohnThune
    Aug 7
    Nothing beats a milkshake from Mr. Bob’s Drive-In.

    Thune’s August 16 twitter:

    One year after the Democrats’ so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” became law, and what do we have to show for it? Regrets and prices that are still too high.

    His Aug 15 twitter:

    For two years, the Biden administration has continued to pass the buck for its disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal

    And his Aug 7 tweet:

    The country is headed in the wrong direction.

    Senate Republicans have solutions to get America back on track. (there is a one minute vid he posted, which i’ll likely debunk when i get back to you.)

  33. leslie 2023-08-16

    Senate Republican leadership stayed silent amid the news of Mr Trump’s latest indictment. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Whip John Thune, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barasso and many other senior Republican leaders in the Senate remained mum.

    …after the impeachment trial in the Senate, Mr McConnell condemned Mr Trump.

    “There’s no question — none — that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” he said. MSN, today.

    But Mr McConnell said so after he decided against voting to convict the former president, [just like the 1st impeachment.] Trump would not be this headache if Thune and his boss would take a stand against Putin’s Puppet.

  34. e platypus onion 2023-08-16

    Dems don’t have razor thin majorities, just in the Senate, and Mansion has
    reiterrated he imight switch parties.

    On the bright side, magats are concerned because McCTurtlefartface is losing his hearing and his overall health. And there is no ironclad guarantee Marlboro Barbie will be elected majority leader if/when McCT cashes in. or retires.

  35. Mike Zitterich 2023-08-16

    Democrats have the U.S Executive and the U.S Senate (barely).

    Republicans have strong majorities everywhere else, they control:

    218 of the 435 U.S House Seats,
    29 of the 50 Governor Seats,
    30 of the 50 State Attorney Generals,
    33 of the State Legislature’s,
    6 of the 9 U.S Supreme Court Chairs,
    54% of all State Supreme Court Chairs,
    51% of all Federal Judges
    55% of all County Sheriffs (3,307 Counties),
    **A large majority of Precincts are Republican held,
    **A large majority of Federal Districts are led by “Republican Coalitions”, (75%)

    “WE” are utilizing the Precinct Strategy to control and lead future public policy, while reinventing the Republican Party – America First!

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