Read the full indictment against Trump for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election


Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on four felony counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering, for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

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The indictment from the Department of Justice describes six co-conspirators who assisted Trump, including four attorneys, a DOJ official and a political consultant. It alleges that together with Trump, they “used knowingly false claims of election fraud to get state legislators and election officials to subvert the legitimate election results and change electoral votes.”

They also sought to organize “fraudulent slates of electors in seven targeted states” and use the Justice Department to conduct “sham election crime investigations and to send a letter to the targeted states that falsely claimed that the Justice Department had identified significant concerns that may have impacted the election outcome.”

The indictment alleges that Trump and his co-conspirators attempted to convince Vice President Mike Pence to “use his ceremonial role at the January 6 certification proceeding to fraudulently alter the election results.” After Pence refused and a pro-Trump protest turned violent, Trump “exploited the disruption by redoubling efforts to levy false claims of election fraud” and sought to convince members of Congress to delay certification.

“The attack on our nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy. As described in the indictment, it was fueled by lies — lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the U.S. government: the nation’s process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election,” special counsel Jack Smith, who has been leading the investigation, said in an on-camera statement Tuesday.

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In its own statement, Trump’s campaign described the charges as “fake” and “election interference” in an effort to stop his 2024 presidential bid.

“The lawlessness of these persecutions of President Trump and his supporters is reminiscent of Nazi Germany,” the campaign said. “President Trump has always followed the law and the Constitution.”

The indictment alleges that Trump’s illegal efforts to overturn the election began shortly after the results were announced. On Nov. 13, Trump was informed by his campaign’s lawyers that he had lost the election. The following day, according to the indictment, Trump announced that a lawyer, described as Co-Conspirator 1, would “spearhead” his efforts to challenge the election results.

“From that point on, the Defendant and his co-conspirators executed a strategy to use knowing deceit in the targeted states to impair, obstruct, and defeat the federal government function,” the indictment alleges.

“My office will seek a speedy trial so our evidence can be tested in court and judged by a jury of citizens. I must emphasize the indictment is only an allegation and the defendant must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” Smith said Tuesday.

During a series of Congressional hearings about Jan. 6 and the events leading up to the riot, a U.S. House select committee laid out extensive evidence of Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election. In its final report, the committee argued that Trump engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy,” and recommended the Justice Department investigate him for four crimes, including aiding an insurrection.

More than 1,000 people have been charged for their involvement in the riot, with over half of them receiving sentences so far.

Tuesday’s 2020 election indictment follows Trump’s federal indictment in June on felony counts related to the mishandling of classified documents he improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida estate, after leaving office.

He also faces charges in other investigations. In New York, Trump has been charged with falsifying business records related to hush money payments made on his behalf during his 2016 presidential campaign.

In Georgia, Trump is expected to face charges over the accusation that he pressured then-Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperber to overturn his electoral loss in the state.

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