A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted former President Donald Trump for attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The grand jury returned the indictments Monday night after hearing from at least 75 witnesses as to whether Trump and 18 associates broke the law when they sought to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia. In the 41-count indictment, Trump is among 19 charged with felony racketeering and numerous conspiracy charges.
Among those indicted are a large cast of alleged accomplices, including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former state Republican Party chairman David Shafer.
The high-profile investigation is being led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, a Black woman who Trump has verbally attacked amidst the investigation and who has had to be assigned physical protection because of threats against her.
"A Fulton County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment charging 19 individuals with violations of Georgia law, arising from a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in this state," Willis announced during a press conference Monday night. "Please remember that everyone charged in this bill of indictment is presumed innocent."
In a statement following the indictment, Trump and his legal team condemned the charges as “shocking and absurd”. They accused Willis of building her case on “witnesses who harbor their own personal and political interests.” Willis says she would like to try all 19 defendants at the same time.
The Trice Edney News Wire contributed to this report.