Former President Donald Trump is facing a new set of criminal charges stemming from his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
On Monday (August 15), Trump was indicted by a Georgia grand jury on 13 new charges brought on by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, per The Hill.
A 98-page indictment details Trump’s efforts in Georgia to pressure election officials, a scheme to submit pro-Trump electors, and a lawsuit accusing the state of mass election fraud. The indictment names 18 other co-defendants including Mark Meadows, Trump's former White House chief of staff, and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.
According to the indictment, Trump partook in a wide-reaching plot to change Georgia's 2020 election results and stay in power. The alleged plot included urging state officials to violate their oaths of office, intimidating election workers, breaching voting equipment, and more. For these acts, Trump is being charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act.
Trump is also facing charges of conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, and conspiracy to commit filing false documents. These charges stem from Trump's alleged plot to submit pro-Trump electors to Congress to cast Electoral College votes in his favor.
The indictment also details a January 2, 2020 call where Trump urged Georgia's top election official Brad Raffensperger to “find” another 11,780 votes in his favor. Trump was hit with charges of false statements and writings and solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer in connection to the call.
The former president was also charged with one count of filing false documents after filing a lawsuit on New Year's Eve that called for Georgia officials to decertify election results due to alleged mass voter fraud.
With Monday's indictment, Trump now faces a combined total of 91 counts across all of his criminal cases.