Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith announced Tuesday that Trump has been charged with conspiring to defraud the United States, to disenfranchise voters, and to obstruct an official government proceeding, with at least 6 unnamed co-conspirators involved.
Trump's Latest Indictment
The latest indictment describes Trump's attempt to overturn the election on January 6th as "fueled by lies" which he knowingly pedaled to the public. For example: Trump himself reportedly lied to the Georgia Secretary of state, falsely accusing an election worker of being a "professional vote scammer and hustler."
Trump and his conspirators pushed false narratives of election fraud to rally support, asserting that non-citizens, non-residents, and dead people had voted in states like Arizona and Georgia.
Trump was also accused of orchestrating a scheme for submitting "false certificates" of votes from state electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
One conspirator in the operation, an attorney working for Trump — who is suspected to be Rudy Giuliani — allegedly spoke with a political consultant about potential attorneys to aid in election fraud. Another attorney, "Co-Conspirator 5," was given the consultant's list, and set out to recruit attorneys in specific target states.
An Arizona attorney who was contacted by Co-Conspirator 5 recalled: "His idea is basically that all of us (GA, WI, AZ, PA, etc.) have our electors send in their votes ... so that members of Congress can fight about whether they should be counted on January 6th."
The attorney then told Co-Conspirator 5 "I guess there’s no harm in it, (legally at least) -- i.e. we would just be sending in “fake” electoral votes to Pence so that “someone” in Congress can make an objection when they start counting votes, and start arguing that the “fake” votes should be counted."
Other actions outlined in the indictment, such as Co-Conspirator 2's call for the Arizona House speaker to decertify legitimate electors, suggest that this was the plan they committed to. Trump's failed attempts to recruit former vice president Mike Pence to overturn electoral votes, both private and public, were also brought against him in the indictment.
Smith announced that investigations into other individuals are being conducted, suggesting that the identities of the unnamed conspirators may soon be revealed.
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