Former U.S. President Donald Trump was indicted on Tuesday in a Justice Department investigation for his alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The indictment charges Trump with multiple counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
This marks the third criminal case brought against the former president as he seeks to run for the White House again in 2024.
The investigation focused on Trump’s actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, where he propagated baseless claims of widespread fraud and falsely asserted that he was the true winner. The indictment cites Trump’s repeated dissemination of these false claims, aiming to create a climate of distrust and anger, thereby undermining public faith in the election process.
“Despite having lost, the Defendant (Trump) was determined to remain in power.
“So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election and that he had actually won,” reads the 45-page indictment.
“These claims were false, and the Defendant knew that they were false.
Additionally, the indictment accuses Trump of pursuing unlawful means to discount legitimate votes and subvert the election results. These actions are said to constitute three criminal conspiracies: to defraud the United States, to obstruct the congressional certification of the election results on January 6, 2021, and to conspire against the right to vote.
The indictment names six unindicted co-conspirators, including four unidentified attorneys alleged to have aided Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results and one unnamed Justice Department official accused of using false claims of election fraud to influence state legislatures.
Trump is scheduled to appear at a Washington, D.C., courthouse on Thursday, August 3, to address the charges.
It should be noted that prior to this indictment, Trump faced separate charges in June for mishandling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and in March for New York state charges of falsifying business records related to hush-money payments to an adult film actress before the 2016 election. Both of these cases were investigated by special counsel Jack Smith.