Grand jury accuses Trump of conspiring to defraud the United States
The former president revealed last month that he received a target letter from special counsel Jack Smith.
Aug. 1, 2023, 4:34 PM CDT / Updated Aug. 1, 2023, 4:40 PM CDT
By Dareh Gregorian and Ryan J. Reilly
WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump was indicted Tuesday on charges he conspired to defraud the country he used to lead and attempted to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power to Joe Biden.
“The purpose of the conspiracy was to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by using knowingly false claims of election fraud to obstruct the government function by which those results are collected, counted and certified,” the indictment from special counsel Jack Smith’s office says.
The indictment accuses Trump of taking part in three criminal conspiracies: “to defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud and deceit” to obstruct the electoral vote process; to “impede the January 6 congressional proceeding at which the collected results of the presidential election are counted and certified;” and “against the right to vote and to have that vote counted.”
He’s due to be arraigned on the charges on Thursday.