A comprehensive list of criminal charges related to their efforts to alter the legitimate results of Georgia’s presidential election were presented to Donald Trump and members of his 2020 campaign legal team late Monday night.
The document, which was unsealed by the grand jury just before midnight after hours of work, listed a wide range of charges. In all, it contained more than 30 charges and was almost 100 pages long.
Speaking just before midnight, District Attorney Fani Willis called the Trump team’s efforts a “criminal conspiracy.”
The list of offenses itself has only been overshadowed by the sheer number of people linked to Mr Trump who have now been charged. All prominent members of Trump’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, Sidney Powell and John Eastman, are now facing charges, as is former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Also on the list are a former publicist for rapper Ye, better known as failed (two-time?) presidential candidate Kanye West, and current serving member of the Georgia State Senate, Shawn Still.
The indictment charges a total of nineteen people and names nearly three dozen uncharged co-conspirators.
Mr Trump himself faces 13 felonies, including one he shares with all other defendants: violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, which charges those acting in the service of a criminal enterprise.
He also faces 12 other charges including: conspiracy to impersonate an official, two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, two counts of conspiracy to make false statements under oath, two counts of conspiracy to produce false documents, two counts of solicitation of an official, filing false documents, conspiracy to obtain false statements and making false statements.
Mr. Meadows, once a Republican congressman and later seen as a yes-man who granted Mr. Trump’s wishes in the White House after previous chiefs of staff tried to curb the president’s nefarious instincts, has only one more charge to face on top of the RICO violation : Advertisement of an official.
Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor who was stripped of his legal license after spreading falsehoods and conspiracies about the election, faces 13 charges: the RICO charge, three counts of recruiting public officials, three counts of making false statements and under Eid, one case of… conspiracy to impersonate an official, three cases of conspiracy to commit forgery, one case of conspiracy to make false statements and one case of conspiracy to submit false documents.
Some of the most serious charges against his legal team fell on the shoulders of Ms. Powell, the attorney excommunicated by the Trump team in the final days of its efforts to overturn the election for deriding her conspiracy theories as “insane.” According to prosecutors, Ms. Powell was involved in violating the Coffee County electoral system when Trump supporters attempted to obtain private voter records to prove the absence of voter fraud.
Trevian Kutti, a media worker who used to work for Ye, was also charged with alleged attempts to intimidate two women, a mother and her adult daughter, who were serving as poll workers in the Georgia election. The Constitution of the Atlanta Journal had reported that Ms Kutti’s involvement in a campaign of racist harassment against the two women would likely form part of the indictment, as numerous people linked to that harassment had been questioned.
Former state GOP chairman David Shafer is also implicated in the investigation. He is the second Republican state chairman to be indicted for his role in an attempt to overturn the election, following Michigan just days ago.
Each charge is different and carries different penalties. District Attorney Fani Willis, when asked by a reporter Monday night, pointed out that the RICO violation, which all 19 defendants are charged with, carries a mandatory prison sentence.
On Monday, Trump was criminally indicted at the state level for the second time. He was previously accused of more than 30 counts of falsifying business records in connection with an alleged hush money scheme.