Trump promises 'exoneration' after latest indictment

August 16, 2023
Matthew Boose

President Trump responded with defiance to the Democratic party's latest indictment - pledging he will be totally exonerated of charges that he attempted to steal the 2020 election in Georgia. 

The dramatic, 98-page indictment, brought by Democrat prosecutor Fani Willis, is the most ambitious and sweeping yet, accusing Trump and 18 "co-conspirators" of a "criminal enterprise" to overturn Biden's narrow 10,000-vote victory.

The former president - who is the leading Republican challenger to Joe Biden in 2024 - dismissed the indictment as a cover-up by those who actually stole the election.

Trump claims "EXONERATION"

Biden won Fulton County, where the grand jury convened, in a landslide in 2020. Trump and his allies alleged that fraud was rampant in the county, which includes Atlanta.

Trump said he would share conclusive proof at a press conference Monday at his golf club in New Jersey.

“A Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia is almost complete & will be presented by me at a major News Conference at 11:00 A.M. on Monday of next week in Bedminster, New Jersey,” Trump said.

“Based on the results of this CONCLUSIVE Report, all charges should be dropped against me & others – There will be a complete EXONERATION!” he declared. “They never went after those that Rigged the Election. They only went after those that fought to find the RIGGERS!”

Criminalizing politics

The 18 others who were indicted as "accomplices" include Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, Trump lawyers John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani, and some of the alternate electors - or "fake electors" as the left has labeled them - who claimed the election for Trump.

They are all charged under Georgia's version of RICO, a racketeering law originally used to go after organized crime.

The indictment was leaked, then deleted from a government website before the grand jury was finished deliberating. Adding to the confusion, the court has called the leaked document "fictitious," even though the charges listed match those in the indictment.

Willis has refused to clear up the situation.

"This is emblematic of the pervasive and glaring constitutional violations which have plagued this case from its very inception," Trump's lawyers said.

Trump is also facing charges in New York, Washington D.C. and Miami - leaving him facing over 700 years in prison total. He has accused Democrats of pursuing a vicious vendetta against him in order to rig the 2024 election for Biden.

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