District attorney speaks after Trump indicted in Georgia

District attorney speaks after Trump indicted in Georgia

Thank you for joining us. I’m here with the prosecutors and investigators who have worked
diligently on the investigation of criminal attempts to interfere in the administration
of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. Today, based on information developed by that investigation,
a Fulton County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment,
charging 19 individuals with violations of Georgia law arising from a criminal conspiracy
to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in this state.
The indictment includes 41 felony counts and is 97 pages long.
Please remember that everyone charged in this bill of indictment is presumed innocent.
Specifically, the indictment brings felony charges against Donald John Trump,
Rudolph William Lewis Giuliani, John Charles Eastman, Mark Randall Meadows, John Cheesborough,
Jeffrey Clark, Jenna Lynn Ellis, Ray Stallings Smith III, Robert David Cheely,
Michael A. Roman, David James Schaefer, Sean Micah Tresher Steele, Stephen Clifford Lee,
Harrison William Prescott Floyd, Travion C. Cootey, Sidney Catherine Powell,
Kathleen Austin Latham, Scott Graham Hall, and Misty Hampton, also known as Emily Misty Hayes.
Every individual charged in the indictment is charged with one count of violating
Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
through participation in a criminal enterprise in Fulton County, Georgia, and elsewhere,
to accomplish the illegal goal of allowing Donald J. Trump to seize the presidential term of office
beginning on January 20th, 21.
Specifically, the participants in association took various actions in Georgia and elsewhere
to block the county of the votes of the presidential electors who were certified
as the winners of Georgia’s 2020 general election. As you examine the indictment, you will see
acts that are identified as overt acts and those that are identified as predicate acts,
sometimes called acts of racketeering activity. Overt acts are not necessarily crimes under Georgia
law in isolation, but are alleged to be acts taken in furtherance of the conspiracy. Many
taken in furtherance of the conspiracy. Many occurred in Georgia and some occurred in other
jurisdictions and are included because the grand jury believes they were part of the illegal effort
to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. The acts identified
as predicate acts or acts of racketeering activity are crimes that are alleged to
have been committed in furtherance of the criminal enterprise. Acts of racketeering
activity are also charged as separate counts in the indictment against those who are alleged to
have committed them. All elections in our nation are administered by these states,
which are given the responsibility of ensuring a fair process and an accurate counting of the
votes. That includes elections for presidential electors, Congress, state officials, and local
offices. The state’s role in this process is essential to the functioning of our democracy.
Georgia, like every state, has laws that allow those who believe that results of an election
are wrong, whether because of intentional wrongdoing or unintentional error to challenge
those results in our state courts. The indictment alleges that rather than abide by Georgia’s legal
process for election challenges, the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise
to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result. Subsequent to the indictment,
as is the normal process in Georgia law, the grand jury issued arrest warrants for those who
are charged. I am giving the defendants the opportunity to voluntarily surrender no later
than noon on Friday, the 25th day of August 2023. I remind everyone here that an indictment is only
a series of allegations based on a grand jury’s determination of probable cause to support the
charges. It is now the duty of my office to prove these charges in the indictment
beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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