Who is indicted alongside Trump in Georgia election case?

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Eighteen people have been charged alongside former President Donald Trump for allegedly participating in a wide-ranging effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.

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The alleged co-conspirators include well-known Trump allies – including his attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows – as well as relatively unknown collaborators, including a former Georgia bail bondsman and the former director of elections for Coffee County, Georgia. The charges, from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, range from racketeering to conspiracy to committing election fraud.

Trump has also been charged in two federal investigations, for his handling classified documents after leaving office and for efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including events preceding the Jan. 6 attack. Trump has also been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records. The indictment accuses personal lawyer Michael Cohen of making hush money payments on Trump’s behalf to silence alleged affairs.

Willis has asked for trial to begin Oct. 23; a judge approved that start date for Trump lawyer Kenneth Chesebro. No date has been set for Trump or the other 17 co-defendants.

Here what we know about the people indicted alongside Trump in Georgia.

Rudy Giuliani exits U.S. District Court after a hearing in a defamation suit against him in Washington

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for former U.S. President Donald Trump during challenges to the 2020 election results, exits U.S. District Court after attending a hearing in a defamation suit related to the 2020 election results that has been brought against Giuliani by two Georgia election workers, at the federal courthouse in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis

What was Giuliani’s role?

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York, became one of Trump’s personal lawyers in 2018. After Trump lost the 2020 election, he spearheaded Trump’s attempts to overturn the results in courts and state legislatures.

READ MORE: Read the full Georgia indictment against Trump and 18 allies

What charges does Giuliani face in Georgia?

Giuliani has been charged on 13 counts:

  • Violation of the Georgia RICO act
  • 3 counts of solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer
  • 3 counts of false statements and writings
  • Conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer
  • 2 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree
  • 2 counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings
  • Conspiracy to commit filing false documents

What does the Fulton County indictment allege?

Giuliani is one of the 18 people charged under Georgia’s RICO law, which is typically used to prosecute criminal organizations. In addition to the racketeering charges, Willis alleges Giuliani solicited the violation of an oath by a public officer by persuading Georgia state senators and representatives to appoint a set of alternate electors who would cast their vote for Trump in the Electoral College instead of Biden, who had lawfully won. She also charged Giuliani with conspiracy to commit forgery, conspiracy to impersonate a public officer, filing false documents, and making false statements in Georgia legislative meetings, during which he falsely claimed there were voting errors and fraud.

Is Giuliani involved in other investigations?

Giuliani is believed to be one of six unnamed and unindicted co-conspirators discussed in special counsel Jack Smith’s indictment. Smith alleges this unnamed co-conspirator headed Trump’s effort to challenge the 2020 election results despite knowing that Biden had won. Election officials in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan were pressured to alter the results, and failing that, accuses a plan was made to identify an alternate slate of electors who would vote for Trump instead of Biden. Finally, Smith says Trump and this unnamed co-conspirator continued to call lawmakers in the hours after the Jan. 6 attack to ask them to stall the certification of the electors’ votes when they returned to complete the count at the Capitol.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. Photo by Al Drago/REUTERS

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. Photo by Al Drago/REUTERS

What was Meadows’ role?

Meadows was closely aligned with Trump when he represented North Carolina in Congress, where he chaired and helped found the House Freedom Caucus. In early 2020, just before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, Trump replaced Mick Mulvaney – his acting chief of staff of more than a year – with Meadows.

READ MORE: Who is Mark Meadows and why is he important to the Jan. 6 hearings?

What charges does Meadows face in Georgia?

Meadows was charged on two counts:

  • Violation of the Georgia RICO act
  • Solicitation of violation of oath by public officer

What does the Fulton County indictment allege?

Meadows is one of 18 people charged under the state’s RICO law.

In the indictment, Meadows is described as playing a supporting role, such as seeking out phone numbers or joining a call, including the conversation with Trump and former Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” enough for him to win Georgia. According to the indictment, it was this call which led to the charge of encouraging a public officer to violate their oath.

Meadows is accused of organizing other phone calls for Trump, texting a Georgia official about whether financial assistance from the Trump campaign would speed up a vote verification process and traveling to the state in an attempt to oversee an election audit that was not open to the public, all of which furthered the conspiracy, according to Willis.

Is Meadows involved in other investigations?

Meadows is not believed to be one of the six co-conspirators in the federal indictment from special counsel Jack Smith. He is mentioned a few times, with Smith alleging he sent an email about alternate electors. Prosecutors also pointed to Meadows’ actions as Trump’s chief of staff, such as when he urged Trump to calm the violence on Jan. 6, in direct comparison to the former president’s unwillingness to accept his loss.

Attorneys L. Lin Wood and Sidney Powell hold a press conference

Attorney Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia, U.S., December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

What was Powell’s role?

Powell began working for Trump’s personal legal team after he lost the 2020 election. She filed numerous unsuccessful lawsuits on his behalf, alleging voter fraud and corruption.

What charges does Powell face in Georgia?

Powell was charged on seven counts:

  • Violation of the Georgia RICO act
  • 2 counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit computer theft
  • Conspiracy to commit computer trespass
  • Conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy
  • Conspiracy to defraud the state

What does the Fulton County indictment allege?

District Attorney Fani Willis alleges that Powell illegally accessed voting data from the Coffee County Board of Elections.

The indictment alleges that Powell entered into a contract with Sullivan Strickler, whose employees set out to remove and examine voting data, from Dominion Voting Systems, tamper with electronic ballot markers and tabulating machines, and remove official ballots from Coffee County polling locations in December 2020 and January 2021.

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Willis also says Powell lied in a May 2022 deposition before the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, saying that she “didn’t have any role in really setting up” the efforts to access the voting data in Coffee County or in Michigan, didn’t know what happened and couldn’t remember whether the effort was led by Giuliani or others.

Is Powell involved in other investigations?

Powell is believed to be “co-conspirator 3” in Smith’s federal indictment, based on the descriptions provided by prosecutors.

Powell is largely absent from that indictment, except for one section detailing her efforts to overturn the results in Georgia. Smith details Powell’s lawsuit against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, in which she falsely claimed that Dominion Voting Systems helped perpetrate “massive voter fraud.”

Booking mugshot of Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro

Kenneth Chesebro in a police booking mugshot released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 23, 2023. Photo by Fulton County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERS

What was Chesebro’s role?

Chesebro is an attorney with Wisconsin roots who allegedly proposed and helped coordinate the “fake electors” scheme.

What charges does Chesebro face in Georgia?

Chesebro was charged on seven counts:

  • Violation of Georgia’s RICO Act
  • Conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer
  • 2 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree
  • 2 counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings
  • Conspiracy to commit filing false documents

What does the Fulton County indictment allege?

The indictment alleges that Chesebro helped devise the fake elector scheme, writing a memo in early December 2020 to a Trump campaign lawyer that outlines how electors for Trump could subvert the electoral vote in Wisconsin in mid-December. Chesebro followed up with another memo that included “detailed, state-specific instructions for how Trump presidential elector nominees in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin would meet and cast electoral votes” for Trump.

Chesebro allegedly contacted Republican officials in different states to ask them to help execute the plan, and shared documents or suggested language that they could use.

Another email penned by Chesebro two days before Jan. 6 outlined “multiple strategies for disrupting and delaying the joint session of Congress,” the indictment says. Chesebro allegedly wrote these strategies were “preferable to allowing the Electoral Count Act to operate by its terms.”

Is Chesebro involved in other investigations?

Chesebro is believed to be one of the six unnamed co-conspirators in the federal indictment brought by special counsel Jack Smith. Documents uncovered by the House Jan. 6 committee and details shared in the indictment suggest that Chesebro is co-conspirator 5, “an attorney who assisted in devising and attempting to implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding.”

The report from the House Jan. 6 committee investigation also details how Chesebro, Trump lawyer John Eastman and the former president continued to pursue the “fake electors scheme” after all the 2020 election lawsuits had concluded despite warnings from the campaign election lawyers that the idea was not lawful or feasible.

Justice Department news conference

Jeffrey Clark, then assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks in 2020. File photo by Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS

What was Clark’s role?

A former assistant attorney general in the Trump administration, Clark was one of the few Justice Department officials who allegedly joined the efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to witness testimony at hearings by the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

What charges does Clark face in Georgia?

Clark was charged on two counts:

  • Violation of the Georgia RICO act
  • Criminal attempt to commit false statements and writings

What does the Fulton County indictment allege?

Prosecutors allege Clark twice asked Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue for permission to notify Georgia officials that the Department of Justice had “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia” – a claim that was untrue.

Prosecutors said the attempts to send those false statements also constitute a violation of the RICO act, alleging they were part of the broader conspiracy to overturn the election. The indictment identified a 63-minute phone call about the presidential election between Clark and Scott Graham Hall, a Georgia bail bondsman, as part of the conspiracy, but did not include the details of the call.

Is Clark involved in other investigations?

There are six co-conspirators discussed in the federal indictment following the investigation by special counsel Jack Smith. Clark is believed to be “co-conspirator 4,” based on the descriptions provided by prosecutors.

The indictment appears to lay out much of what was already unearthed during the Jan. 6 hearings. It alleges Clark had unsanctioned contact with Trump and details his attempts to persuade Rosen and Donoghue to sign and send a letter from the Justice Department to Georgia officials falsely alleging election fraud.

Prosecutors also say Clark accepted Trump’s offer to become acting attorney general. However, like the other five co-conspirators, the federal indictment does not charge Clark with any crimes.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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