Former US President Donald Trump and several of his allies have been indicted on charges of racketeering and a string of election crimes in Georgia, following a two-year investigation into his attempts to overturn his 2020 defeat to Joe Biden in the state. This is the fourth criminal case against Trump, who faces trials in New York, Washington, DC, and Florida in three other cases.
The indictment, announced by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Saturday, accuses Trump and 18 other defendants of conspiring to interfere with Georgia’s election process, including by pressuring state officials to find more votes for Trump, soliciting election fraud, making false statements to state and federal authorities, and tampering with witnesses.
The indictment also alleges that Trump and his co-conspirators violated Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which is typically used to prosecute organized crime. The indictment says that Trump and his associates “operated as the Trump Enterprise” and engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity that aimed to undermine the integrity of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.