A grand jury in Georgia has formally indicted former President Trump over allegations of attempting to influence the 2020 election results in Georgia
Alongside Trump, 18 other individuals have been indicted, including his former personal lawyer and ex-mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, and his former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows.
The indictment document, which spans several pages, lists multiple charges against the former president. These charges range from pressuring a public official, violating his oath of office, to conspiring to impersonate a public official.
Insider sources have hinted that the investigation’s genesis was a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. During this call, Trump allegedly urged Raffensperger to “find” the necessary votes to surpass the Democratic leader.
Before the indictment was made public, Trump addressed the allegations on his platform, Truth Social. He defended his actions, stating that his phone call was in protest and questioned why charges weren’t brought against him earlier.
“I made a perfect phone call in protest, why didn’t they file the charges two years ago?” the former president wrote.
A Year of Indictments Amidst Campaigning
Trump was previously indicted by a grand jury in Washington D.C. on charges related to attempting to overturn the presidential election results and his alleged role in the January 6th, 2021 Capitol riot.
Trump faces multiple charges related to alleged falsification of business records in New York. These charges are connected to payments made to actress Stormy Daniels, with whom he allegedly had a past relationship, to ensure her silence during the 2016 election campaign.
Trump holds the distinction of being the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. These legal challenges come as he is in the midst of a potential run for the White House in 2024, where he is seen as a leading contender for the Republican Party’s nomination.
Source: EFE Agency