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Former President Donald Trump responded on Tuesday to being charged this week in a RICO case in Fulton County, Georgia, by claiming that he has evidence that will “be a complete EXONERATION” for him and will lead to all the charges against him being dropped.
“A Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia is almost complete & will be presented by me at a major News Conference at 11:00 A.M. on Monday of next week in Bedminster, New Jersey,” Trump wrote in a statement posted on social media. “Based on the results of this CONCLUSIVE Report, all charges should be dropped against me & others – There will be a complete EXONERATION!”
“They never went after those that Rigged the Election,” he continued. “They only went after those that fought to find the RIGGERS!”
The statement from Trump comes after he was charged in a 41-count indictment along with 18 other co-defendants on Monday. The former president faces 13 charges, including 3 counts of Solicitation of Violation of Oath by Public Officer, 2 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree, 2 counts of Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings, 2 counts of False Statements and Writings, Violation of the Georgia RICO Act, Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer, Conspiracy to Commit Filing False Documents, and Filing False Documents.
The 18 others charged by Fulton County include: Rudy Giuliani, lawyer; Ray Smith III, lawyer; Cathy Latham, alleged fake elector; Robert Cheeley, lawyer; John Eastman, lawyer; David Shafer, alleged fake elector; Shawn Still, alleged fake elector; Sidney Powell, lawyer; Kenneth Chesebro, lawyer; Michael Roman, Trump campaign staffer; Misty Hampton, Coffee County elections supervisor; Scott Hall, Bail Bondsman; Stephen Lee, Pastor; Trevian Kutti, Publicist; Willie Lewis Floyd III, former leader of “Black Voices for Trump”; Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff; Jeffrey Clark, former DOJ official; and Jenna Ellis, lawyer.
The New York Times describes the indictment as containing several “baskets” of alleged criminal activity to keep the former president in office. None of the defendants are accused of being involved in all of the different “schemes,” rather select offenses, which included: making false claims of election fraud at a legislative hearing in December 2020, trying to install a slate of fake pro-Trump electors to give Georgia’s Electoral College votes to Trump, trying to steal and tamper with voter data and election equipment, and trying to harass and intimidate an election worker.
When the indictment was first revealed Monday, the Trump campaign released a statement slamming Fulton County DA Fani Willis as a “rabid partisan who is campaigning and fundraising on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments.” Willis, the campaign said, “strategically stalled her investigation to try and maximally interfere with the 2024 presidential race and damage the dominant Trump campaign.”