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Federal Indictment Alleges Trump’s Election-Subversion Co-Conspirators Included DOJ Official and Lawyers

In an indictment unsealed on August 1, 2023, former President Donald Trump is accused of collaborating with a former U.S. Department of Justice official and four other lawyers to subvert the 2020 election results and maintain power. The indictment outlines Trump’s dissemination of false election-fraud claims, knowingly spreading lies to sow mistrust and anger while eroding public faith in the election process.

Count 1: Conspiring to Defraud the United States

The indictment charges Trump with conspiring to defraud the United States by using false election-fraud claims to obstruct the counting and certification of election results.

Count 2: Conspiring to Obstruct an Official Proceeding

Trump is accused of conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, namely the certification of the electoral vote.

Count 3: Obstruction of an Official Proceeding

The indictment alleges that Trump obstructed and attempted to obstruct an official proceeding, specifically the certification of the vote.

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Count 4: Civil Rights Conspiracy

In this count, Trump is charged with engaging in a civil rights conspiracy aimed at interfering with the right to have one’s vote counted.

Possible Co-Conspirators and Their Roles

The indictment does not explicitly name the five alleged co-conspirators, but indications suggest they include Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and former Chapman University law professor, John Eastman, among others. Each co-conspirator is described with a specific role in spreading false claims and attempting to obstruct the election certification process.

Challenges to Indictment and Response

None of the accused lawyers have been charged with any crimes at this time. However, Trump’s lawyer and the lawyers representing the other alleged co-conspirators have offered strong responses, defending their actions as lawful and constitutionally protected.

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Implications of the Indictment

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The indictment highlights the seriousness of the alleged election subversion and attempts to undermine American democracy. As the legal process unfolds, the public awaits further developments in this significant case.

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