Former US President, Donald Trump, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election leading up to the January 6, 2021 violence and attack on the US Capitol, according to a court document.
The former president has been indicted on four counts, conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The newest case against Trump centers on what’s seen as the former president’s most serious betrayal of his constitutional duties. This is the third time Trump has been criminally indicted. Smith charged Trump in the classified documents probe in June, and a Manhattan grand jury charged the former president for business fraud in March. Trump, who is running for president in 2024, pleaded not guilty in both cases.
Special Counsel Jack Smith included six unindicted and unnamed co-conspirators in his indictment against Donald Trump as part of the federal 2020 election subversion probe.
Among the six are four unnamed attorneys who allegedly aided Trump in his effort to subvert the 2020 election results.
Also included is one unnamed Justice Department official who “attempted to use the Justice Department to open sham election crime investigations and influence state legislatures with knowingly false claims of election fraud.”
Smith also mentions an unnamed “political consultant who helped implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding.”
Meanwhile, former President Trump has been summoned to appear before a magistrate judge in Washington, DC at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to the Justice Department.
Trump will make his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya — who received the indictment against him during a packed hearing in federal court on Tuesday.
The former president has been indicted on four counts by a federal grand jury in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, according to a court document.
The counts are: Conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The indictment is the second time in two months that Smith has brought charges against the former president.
But, Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign organization has reacted to the indictment, accusing the Biden administration of election interference following news of the former president’s indictment Tuesday.
“This is nothing more than the latest corrupt chapter in the continued pathetic attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their weaponized Department of Justice to interfere with the 2024 Presidential Election, in which President Trump is the undisputed frontrunner, and leading by substantial margins,” the campaign said in a statement.
“These un-American witch hunts will fail and President Trump will be re-elected to the White House so he can save our Country from the abuse, incompetence, and corruption that is running through the veins of our Country at levels never seen before,” the statement said.