On Monday, Donald Trump faced his fourth indictment, this time concerning the 2020 Georgia election.
A grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, charged the former president with 10 counts, alleging he tried to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, which Joe Biden won by a slim margin.
The grand jury alleges Trump violated an anti-Mafia crime law similar to RICO, which stands for Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It’s a passed by Congress in 1970 to battle organized crime. Most states, including Georgia, also have their own anti-racketeering laws.
Reuters reported that the Fulton County court’s website showed a document Monday prior to the official announcement of the indictment, which listed several criminal charges against Trump, “before taking the document down without explanation.”
The document was dated Aug. 14, Reuters service said, adding that the document named Trump and listed the case as still open.
“Reuters was not immediately able to determine why the item was posted or removed,” Reuters wrote.
Eighteen other Trump World individuals were charged, including Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff; Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former attorney and former New York City mayor; and several attorneys from the Trump Administration.
The investigation leading to the indictments began in February 2021, spearheaded by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Willis, a Democrat, had promised to indict Trump when she ran for office in 2020.
Trump had a statement ready today: “Fulton County, GA’s radical Democrat DA Fani Willis is a rabid partisan who is campaigning and fundraising on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments,” the statement read. “Ripping a page from Crooked Joe Biden’s playbook, Willis has strategically stalled her investigation to try and maximally interfere with the 2024 presidential race and damage the dominant Trump campaign. All of these corrupt Democrat attempts will fail.”
The charges Trump and his associates face include conspiracy to commit impersonation of a public officer, solicitation of violation of oath by public office, and false statements and writings. Read the indictment here:
On Monday night, Willis set a deadline of Aug. 25 for Trump and the 18 codefendants to voluntarily turn themselves in. Willis said she wants to begin trials of the 19 defendants within six months, and she has insisted that she is not motivated by politics.
Trump has also been charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with 34 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. He surrendered to New York authorities in April for alleged “hush money” payment to a stripper. He was also charted in Washington, D.C. by federal prosecutors who say he attempted to interfere with the 2020 presidential election during the transfer of power.