Donald Trump becomes first U.S. former president to get indicted over attempts to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election results

Former U.S. president, Donald Trump was indicted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, for his wide-ranging attempts to overturn the 2020 election, the third time in four months that he has been crim#nally charged even as he campaigns to regain the presidency next year.

According to Reuters, the four-count, 45-page indictment charges Republican Trump with conspiring to defra¥d the U.S. by preventing Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory and to depr#ve voters of their right to a fair election.

Then President Trump pushed fra¥d claims he knew to be untrue, pressured state and federal officials – including Vice President Mike Pence – to alt£r the results and finally incited a viol£nt assa¥lt on the U.S. Capitol in a desp£rat£ attempt to undermine American democracy and cling to power, prosecutors said.

Trump was ordered to make an initial appearance in federal court in Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was appointed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.

The charges stem from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s sprawling investigation into allegations Trump sought to reverse his loss to Biden. Despite a dizzying and growing array of legal troubles, Trump has solidified his status as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, according to public opinion polls.


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