Trump indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction in Jan 6 probe

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A grand jury in Washington DC has indicted former President Donald Trump on four counts of violating federal criminal code. The charges relate to Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The indictment accuses Trump of conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, and deprivation of rights under the color of law. The grand jury approved the charges after a four-hour presentation by the Department of Justice special counsel and his team of prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege that Trump conspired with six co-conspirators, including five attorneys, to use false claims of election fraud to subvert the election results in favor of Joe Biden. They claim that Trump pressured state legislators and election officials to change electoral votes, pushed for the submission of fake electoral college certificates, and directed supporters to the Capitol on January 6 to obstruct the certification process.

These charges are among the most serious levied against Trump and are just the first of possible charges he could face. Another grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia is also hearing evidence and is expected to approve charges against multiple targets. These charges could complicate Trump’s plans to run for president again in 2024. He is already facing two separate criminal cases, including the federal charges related to the January 6 attack and a case in New York for falsifying business records.

Trump has consistently dismissed the investigations against him as “election interference” and a politically motivated hoax. He has attacked the prosecutors investigating him, but these latest charges are the result of an eight-month investigation by the Department of Justice. The charges against Trump are the first to be brought against anyone for the efforts to overturn the election and the subsequent Capitol attack.

It’s important to note that Trump and his co-defendants are not being charged for organizing or inciting the January 6 attack. Instead, the charges focus on their alleged attempts to reverse or override the election results through various strategies.

These charges are a significant development and could have far-reaching implications for Trump’s political future. As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen how they will impact his chances of running for president again and how his supporters will respond.

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