Trump and 18 co-defendants charged with racketeering in Georgia 2020 election probe

Trump and 18 co-defendants charged with racketeering in Georgia 2020 election probe

ATLANTA — Former President Donald Trump and top allies including his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and a top former Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, were indicted Monday on felony charges in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.

The sweeping 41-count indictment also names lawyers John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Jenna Ellis and Ray Smith and several others.

Trump was charged with felony racketeering and numerous conspiracy charges, court filings show.

The racketeering charge carries a sentence of five to 20 years, while a conspiracy conviction can result in a minimum sentence of one year in prison with a variable maximum sentence.

“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,” the indictment says.

A grand jury hearing evidence in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies interfered in the 2020 presidential election returned the indictment earlier Monday night.

It’s the fourth time the former president has been indicted in the last four and a half months, and the second time he’s been charged with trying to interfere with the election in the past two weeks. 

The charges come after a sprawling two-year investigation by Willis into whether Trump and his allies “coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections.”

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and he has accused Willis of “election interference” by proceeding with the probe while he’s running for president.

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