Federal Charges Against Trump for Capitol Assault: Indictment Details and Co-Conspirators Revealed

2023-08-01 23:35:26

They imposed four federal charges for the events that triggered the assault on the Capitol.

A grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump on four federal counts in special counsel Jack Smith’s case over efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which led to the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The new charges facing the former president are:

Conspiracy to defraud the United States

Conspiracy to obstruct an official act

Obstruction and attempt to obstruct an official act

Conspiracy against the rights of others

“Shortly after Election Day, the defendant also sought illegal means to discount legitimate votes and subvert the election results,” the indictment states.

Trump is expected to appear before a judge in federal court in the city of Washington this Thursday, August 3, at 4:00 pm Miami time, the Department of Justice announced.

The judge will be the same one who received the accusation against him this Tuesday.

What else does the indictment include?

Special counsel Jack Smith included six other unindicted and unnamed co-conspirators in his indictment against Trump.

Among those six people are four anonymous lawyers who allegedly helped Trump in his effort to subvert the results of the 2020 election.

Also listed is an anonymous Justice Department official who “attempted to use the Justice Department to open false investigations of election crimes and influence state legislatures with deliberately false allegations of voter fraud.”

Smith also mentions an “unidentified political consultant who helped implement a scheme to submit fraudulent lists of presidential electors to obstruct the certification process.”

“He was determined to stay in power”

For their part, federal prosecutors claimed in their indictment that Trump “was determined to remain in power” after losing the 2020 election.

The officials issued a general indictment against the former president, alleging through the charges that he orchestrated a plot to annul the 2020 election before January 6, 2021.

“Then, for more than two months after Election Day on November 3, 2020, the defendant spread lies that there was fraud that determined the outcome of the election and that he had actually won,” the indictment reads.

“These claims were false and the defendant knew they were false,” they added, referring to Trump.

“But the defendant disseminated them anyway, to make his knowingly false claims appear legitimate, create an intense atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the elections,” it added.

In addition, the indictment alleges that Trump and his co-conspirators “used” the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 to their advantage by continuing attempts to convince members of Congress to delay certifying the election that day.

The document also claims that Trump had misled many agitators into believing that then-Vice President Mike Pence could change the election results so that Trump would be the victor.

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