Former US President Donald Trump has been charged with a crime for allegedly attempting to rig the 2020 presidential election. According to the prosecution, the Republican politician tried to hinder “a bedrock function” of democracy in order to maintain his position of power.
Special Counsel Jack Smith’s 45-page indictment against President Trump listed four felonies against him, some of which carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
There are four counts total: one for conspiracy to hinder an official proceeding, one for conspiracy against rights, one for conspiracy to defraud the US, and one for blocking an official proceeding.
The accusations, which mark Trump’s third criminal indictment since March, were the subject of a thorough probe by Smith into claims that the former president tried to overturn his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
Smith declared that the assault on the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, “was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy.” He continued, “It was fueled by lies—lies by the defendant, lies intended to block the cornerstone role of the US government.
Trump was told to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Tanya Chutkan, a US District Judge selected by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, has been given the case.
Trump, the current favorite to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024, claimed that the most recent accusations amounted to election meddling. He will already stand trial in Florida in May of next year over allegations that he handled top-secret government materials improperly.
The former president continued by claiming that “the lawlessness of these persecutions is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the former Soviet Union, and other authoritarian, dictatorial regimes”.
While this was going on, the Trump campaign referred to the accusations as “fake” and questioned why it had taken this long to file them.
Disgraceful and unprecedented political targeting won’t stop President Trump, it continued.
In the indictment released on Tuesday, only Trump was named. However, prosecutors made mention of a dozen additional co-conspirators, including lawyers working for and against the government, who they claimed had collaborated with Trump to tamper with the election results.
According to the indictment, Trump and his accomplices planned phony elector slates in seven states, all of which he lost, to be recognized as legitimate by Congress on January 6. Additionally, it lists multiple instances of Trump’s election deceptions and points out that his closest aides, including top intelligence officials, consistently assured him that the results were accurate.
Prosecutors stated: “These claims were false, and the defendant knew that they were false.”
Prosecutors claim that when the attempt to certify the fraudulent electors was unsuccessful, Trump tried to exert pressure on his deputy Pence to prevent the certification of the election by taking advantage of the commotion outside the Capitol.
Rudy Giuliani, who called state legislatures in the weeks after the 2020 election to put pressure on them not to recognize their states’ results, appears to be one of Trump’s co-conspirators based on the descriptions. Trump’s co-conspirators were not identified, but based on the descriptions, they seemed to include Trump.
Robert J. Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, claimed that each statement the former mayor made “was truthful and expressed his beliefs.” Giuliani “believed there was proof of election fraud, and I have seen the affidavits that back that up,” Costello continued.
Eastman and Clark did not immediately respond with any comments.
Tuesday, Smith added, “Our investigation of other people continues.” “In this case, my office will seek a swift trial so that our evidence can be evaluated in court and by a jury of ordinary citizens,” the prosecutor said.