(PatriotWise.com) — On Monday, the special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, voted to indict Donald Trump and 18 others on fraud and racketeering charges related to the attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state, the Associated Press reported.
While not all defendants are charged with all 41 counts listed in the 98-page indictment, all 19 do face racketeering charges for violating Georgia’s RICO Act.
In a press conference last Monday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis explained that all 19 defendants “engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise” when conspiring to overturn the election results.
Among those charged alongside Trump are his attorney Rudy Guiliani, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. Attorneys Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and John Eastman are also charged.
The defendants have until noon on Friday, August 25, to voluntarily surrender to authorities. District Attorney Willis told reporters that she is seeking a trial date within six months and will try all 19 defendants together.
Trump faces 13 charges, including soliciting a public official to violate his oath and making false statements.
Last Tuesday, the former president announced on Truth Social that he would be holding a press conference at Bedminster on Monday, August 21, where he would unveil a “CONCLUSIVE Report” with “irrefutable” evidence of election fraud in Georgia.
Trump claimed that once he revealed the report, the charges against him would be dropped and he would be exonerated.
But on Thursday morning, ABC News reported that sources said some within the Trump camp were urging the former president to cancel the press conference as his lawyers believed that it would only make his legal problems worse.
Later that day, Trump announced that he would not be unveiling his “CONCLUSIVE Report” on Monday.
In a Truth Social post, Trump claimed that his lawyers preferred to include his report in “formal Legal Filings” to fight the Georgia indictment, and therefore the Monday press conference was no longer necessary.
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