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:
- That “as many as 2,506 felons with an uncompleted sentence” voted illegally in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
- That “at least 66,247 underage” people voted illegally in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
- 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”;
- 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”;
- That “as many as 10,315 or more” dead people voted in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia;
- 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.