Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Read the Fulton County Indictment


The indictment text is posted all over the InnerWebs. Here's the link I used:

Photo Al Drago, NYTimes

Here is background information on all 19 named defendants:

Count 1 of the indictment (Violation of the Georgia RICO Act) details 161 overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy, the last such act occurring less than a year ago, on September 15, 2022, when Georgia-based Trump lawyer Robert Cheeley allegedly perjured himself about his involvement in the Georgia fake electors scheme.

Former NC Congressman and Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is among the 19 indicted co-conspirators, and is a named participant in a number of the overt acts:

...Mr. Meadows acknowledged that he had attended a meeting at the White House on Dec. 21, 2020, with Mr. Trump, members of Congress and others to discuss allegations of voter fraud in the state. The next day, Mr. Meadows made a surprise visit to Cobb County, Ga., in an attempt to observe an election audit that was in progress. He was told by local officials that he was not authorized to be in the room.

Mr. Meadows also spoke with Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, who was conducting an inquiry into ballot signatures in Cobb County. A day later, Mr. Trump phoned Ms. Watson himself, and told her that “when the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised.”

Prosecutors have said that a special grand jury that investigated the matter had evidence showing that Mr. Meadows had set up another notable call: the recorded conversation on Jan. 2, 2021, in which Mr. Trump can be heard telling Mr. Raffensperger that he wanted to “find 11,780 votes” that would allow him to win in Georgia.

In a material witness certificate seeking Mr. Meadows’s testimony, Judge Robert C.I. McBurney of the Fulton County Superior Court noted that Mr. Meadows also “actively participated in and spoke” during the call.... (Anna Betts, in the NYTimes)

 Poor Mark! He had to have thought that he was hitching himself to a shooting star when he resigned his safe 11th CD seat and took the job as Trump's chief of staff.

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