Prosecutors based in Atlanta, who have been engaged in an inquiry into potential illegal interference by then-President Donald Trump and his associates in the 2020 Georgia election, have initiated the process of presenting their case before a grand jury.
The website of the Fulton County court in Georgia briefly displayed a document on Monday that listed a series of criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. These charges seemed to be linked to his endeavors to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election in the state. However, the document was subsequently removed from the website without a given explanation.
The reasons behind its removal remain uncertain. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office acknowledged that the assertion of charges was “inaccurate” and added that they were unable to provide further commentary at this time.
Over the course of two and a half years, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been conducting an investigation into the actions undertaken by Trump and his associates as part of their attempts to reverse his narrow loss in Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden.
While Trump’s attorney, John Lauro, has contended in various television interviews that Trump’s actions were protected under the First Amendment’s right to free speech and that he had acted based on legal advice, there exists evidence that counters this claim. Recorded phone conversations have come to light, revealing Trump’s private exertion of pressure on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and another official, urging them to “recalculate” the vote tally and “discover” sufficient votes to secure his victory.
On the day Congress was set to certify the Electoral College results, Trump held an incendiary rally and incited a mob of supporters to attack the Capitol, temporarily delaying the process.
The case is part of an ongoing set of escalating legal troubles for the ex-president, coming nearly two months after Trump pleaded not guilty to dozens of federal felony counts accusing him of hoarding classified documents and thwarting government efforts to retrieve them.