Trump Indicted on 4 Felony Counts for Attempting to Overturn 2020 Election
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Trump Indicted on 4 Felony Counts for Attempting to Overturn 2020 Election

Former President Donald Trump faces a legal storm as he is charged with four felony counts related to his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, alleges conspiracy to defraud the United States, witness tampering, conspiracy against citizens’ rights, obstruction of justice, and attempted obstruction of justice.

The indictment comes two weeks after Trump hinted at a possible indictment during a federal grand jury’s investigation into the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021. The siege was an attempt by Trump supporters to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from certifying Joe Biden’s victory.

In addition, he faces additional federal charges for allegedly obstructing an investigation into classified documents at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

Apart from the current federal charges, Trump faces other legal battles. In Manhattan, he faces criminal charges related to hush money payments and a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, an author. Additionally, there is an ongoing grand jury investigation in Georgia concerning his efforts to overturn the 2020 state election results.

The unsealed indictment released on Tuesday lays out a case against Trump and those around him as he scrambled to retain power despite losing the 2020 presidential election by 74 votes in the Electoral College and more than 7 million votes in the popular vote.

Trump’s refusal to accept the election results began on election night when he claimed he was the rightful winner and that the election was being stolen through fraud. 

In the weeks following the election, Trump’s campaign filed dozens of lawsuits in states where he was defeated. Courts repeatedly rejected the Trump campaign’s claims of election fraud.

Trump, however, refused to acknowledge and continued to promote his fraudulent claims and generate income from them. According to the House Jan. 6 Committee, between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, Trump raised nearly $250 million.

Capitol Siege and Its Aftermath

Former President Donald Trump was charged on four counts related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Official White House Photo via WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

On January 6, 2021, Congress was scheduled to certify the Electoral College count and Joe Biden’s victory. While Congress was meeting on Capitol Hill, however, Trump was holding a rally near the White House. In a lengthy, rambling speech, he reiterated his allegations of election fraud and urged the audience to “fight like hell” and march to Congress.

Thousands of Trump supporters actually did so. They marched from the Ellipse to the Capitol, where they fought through police lines, stormed the Capitol, and forced legislators to flee for their safety.

According to the Justice Department, approximately 140 police officers sustained injuries while defending Congress on that day.

After law enforcement regained control of the Capitol a few hours later, lawmakers were able to return and finish certifying Biden’s victory. 

The Justice Department swiftly launched an extensive investigation to apprehend those involved in the Capitol breach. It has resulted in over 1,000 arrests, marking one of the largest investigations in the department’s history.

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Source: npr

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