In an effort to reverse his Georgia loss in the 2020 election, former US President Donald Trump has been charged.

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In a 41-charge sheet handed down by a Fulton County grand jury, he and 18 other defendants were accused on allegations that included racketeering.

This is Mr. Trump’s fourth criminal accusation of the year, according to the indictment.

In each instance, Donald Trump has refuted the charges

In February 2021, the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened an inquiry into claims that Mr. Trump and his associates had interfered with elections.

Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House attorney John Eastman, and a former justice department officer named Jeffrey Clark are among the defendants charged late on Monday night.

The accusers are said to have “knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump,” according to the indictment.

The defendants are also referred to as a “criminal organization” in the charge sheet, which names several offenses against them, including:

offenses agains Donald Trump

False writings and statements

pretending to be a public official

Forgery

submitting forged documents

controlling witnesses

Computer intrusion

committing fraud against the state

Fraud and theft.

Violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act), the most serious accusation, carries a potential 20-year jail sentence.

The statute, which was created to assist in dismantling organized criminal syndicates like the mafia, aids prosecutors in making the connection between subordinates who broke the law and those who gave them commands.

Mr. Donald Trump, who is currently in the lead for the Republican Party’s nomination for president, claimed Ms. Willis’ probe was politically motivated.

The Trump campaign said in a statement that the district attorney was a “rabid partisan” who had brought “these bogus indictments” in an effort to sway the 2024 presidential election and “damage the dominant Trump campaign”.

The statement read, “This latest coordinated attack by a biased prosecutor in a predominately Democratic jurisdiction not only betrays the trust of the American people, but also exposes the true motivation driving their manufactured accusations.”

There was uncertainty early on Monday when, before the grand jury had even decided to bring an indictment, a list of criminal charges against Mr. Trump emerged on a Fulton County website.

According to the document, Donald Trump was accused of racketeering, conspiring to commit fraud, and making false statements.

The document was described as “fictitious” by a Ms. Willis representative, who did not, however, explain how it wound up on the court’s website.

The apparent clerical error was used by Mr. Trump and his friends as evidence that the system was biased.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC, have already accused Mr. Trump of plotting to rig the 2020 election, which he lost to Democrat President Joe Biden. The operations of the Trump campaign in Georgia received a good deal of attention in that charge sheet.

Georgia is the center of Ms. Willis’ inquiry, a crucial state in the race for the US presidency that Mr. Trump just missed winning.

On a call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021, Mr. Trump was heard pleading with him to “find” the 11,780 votes he would have needed to defeat Mr. Biden in that state.

At least eight “fake electors” who signed a phony certificate declaring Mr. Trump won the election in that state have agreed to interviews with Fulton County prosecutors in exchange for immunity deals in the case.

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