Donald Trump and 18 allies have been indicted in Georgia this week amid allegations that they tried to overturn his 2020 election loss in Atlanta.
A nearly 100-page indictment claims that Trump and his allies tried to reverse the results by asking Georgia's Republican secretary of state to find enough votes for him to win the state, the Associated Press reports.
There were also accusations that allies may have harassed election workers and tried to persuade Georgia lawmakers to ignore votes and even appoint a new slate of electoral college electors.
In one account, lawyers said that allies may have tried to access voting machines in a rural Georgia county and steal data from a voting machine company.
"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," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose office brought the case, said at a late-night news conference.
Others named in the indictment include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and a Trump administration Justice Department official.
The defendants may voluntarily surrender by noon on Aug. 25, and a trial date could be set within the next six months.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department's special counsel has charged Trump with conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The indictment includes charges under the state's racketeering law and calls the former president and his allies members of a "criminal organization" and "enterprise."
In a statement after the indictment was issued, Trump's legal team said: "the events that have unfolded today have been shocking and absurd, starting with the leak of a presumed and premature indictment before the witnesses had testified or the grand jurors had deliberated and ending with the District Attorney being unable to offer any explanation."
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