Former President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been indicted by a grand jury seated in Georgia for his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 US elections.
Trump was charged alongside 18 others on 41 counts of felony racketeering and several other conspiracy charges, on Monday.
According to NBC News, Lawyers Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Jenna Ellis, Ray Smith, and other associates were named in the indictment.
Trump and his allies had pressured Georgia officials during the election exercise to swing votes in the ex-president’s favour, Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, who presented evidence said.
It was also revealed that Trump called the Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” the votes he needed to beat Joe Biden.
Other accusation made against him was “false statements and writings for several falsehoods about voter fraud in Georgia in his communications with Raffensperger, Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs and Georgia Secretary of State General Counsel Ryan Germany on Jan. 2, 2021.”
Trump’s attorneys, Drew Findling, Jennifer Little and Marissa Goldberg while Reacting to the charges, stated that the indictment was “shocking and absurd.”
“This one-sided grand jury presentation relied on witnesses who harbor their own personal and political interests — some of whom ran campaigns touting their efforts against the accused and/or profited from book deals and employment opportunities as a result,” they said, in their joint release accusing the witnesses of bias.
Trump, while speaking with Fox News Digital on Monday night, described the indictment as “a continuation of the greatest and longest-running witch hunt in American history.”
Speaking further, he said, “This politically-inspired indictment, which could have been brought close to three years ago, was tailored for placement right smack in the middle of my political campaign, where I am leading all Republicans—by a lot—and beating Joe Biden soundly in almost all polls.”
It could be recalled that several of his supporters attacked the U.S Capitol in January 2021 as he faces similar charges of interference with the 2020 elections in Washington,
Meanwhile, earlier in August, he pleaded not guilty to 4-count charges of leading a conspiracy that sought to defraud the American people by obstructing official proceedings and overturning the 2020 election.