Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn election

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Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn election
Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn election

Donald Trump has been indicted on four criminal charges related to the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riot by his supporters trying to overturn the 2020 election, in an historic moment for the US.

In an extraordinary moment in the history of America, the former president, who is STILL the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, will now be arrested by the FBI as part of their investigation into the insurrection on January 6, 2021.

The indictment claims the then-president allegedly used “deceit” to get election officials in seven states to “subvert the legitimate election results and change electoral votes.”

The indictment, the third criminal case brought against the former president as he seeks to reclaim the White House in 2024, follows a long-running federal investigation into schemes by Trump and his allies to subvert the peaceful transfer of power and keep him in office despite a decisive loss to Joe Biden.

He is facing a four-count indictment - conspiracy to defraud the US; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights.

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A federal prosecutor who has worked on investigations related to the riot at the US Capitol said Tuesday that an indictment, which reportedly lists six unamed co-conspirators, has been returned.

Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn electionPolice detain someone during the January 6 riot (AFP via Getty Images)

Responding to the new charges, the Trump team put out a deranged statement, comparing his treatment to Nazi Germany.

The unhinged rant read: "The lawlessness of these persecutions of President Trump and his supporters is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the former Soviet Union, and other authoritarian, dictatorial regimes. President Trump has always followed the law and the Constitution, with advice from many highly accomplished attorneys."

Former Vice-President Mike Pence went on to slam his former boss Donald Trump in the wake of the latter's indictment on a number of charges.

In a statement released after the announcement Pence said: "Our country is more important than one man. Our constitution is more important than any one man's career."

Announcing the indictment, Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice Jack Smith described the January 6 riot as “an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy” that was “fueled by lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing the bedrock function of the US government admissions process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election”.

Molly Gaston, an assistant US attorney, revealed the existence of an indictment to a federal magistrate. She did not say whom was indicted or for what. Trump is expected to appear in court in Washington DC on August 3.

Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn electionRioters clash with police on January 6 2021 (AFP via Getty Images)

Shortly before the indictment was unsealed, Mr Trump accused Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith's team of trying to interfere with the election with what he called "yet another Fake Indictment".

"Why didn't they do this 2.5 years ago? Why did they wait so long?" he asked on his Truth Social site. "Because they wanted to put it right in the middle of my campaign. Prosecutorial Misconduct!"

The indictment accuses Trump and conspirators of organising fake slates in seven states and trying to use power of Department of Justice to conduct “sham election crime investigations” in targeted states to advance fake electors plan.

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Prosecutors claim that for two months after his loss on November 3, 2020, the Republican spread lies to create an "intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger" and "erode public faith in the administration of the election".

The 77-year-old has been charged twice this year with other crimes. The first in March in New York City is for falsifying business records falsification.

It was brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over a 2016 hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

In June, Trump was charged with crimes related to mishandling classified documents. He is also expected to be charged later this month by prosecutors in Georgia over allegations he tried to overturn the Peach State’s 2020 general election result.

Raging Trump charged over deadly Jan 6 riots and attempt to overturn electionA number of Proud Boys were convicted of seditious conspiracy following the Capitol Riot (AFP via Getty Images)

This comes as a former Republican attorney general candidate and another supporter of former Trump were criminally charged in Michigan in connection with accessing and tampering with voting machines after the 2020 election, court records stated.

Matthew DePerno, a Republican lawyer who was endorsed by Trump in an unsuccessful run for Michigan attorney general last year, was charged with undue possession of a voting machine and conspiracy, according to Oakland County court records.

Daire Rendon, a former Republican state representative, was charged with conspiracy to commit undue possession of a voting machine and false pretenses. A lawyer listed on court documents as representing Rendon could not be immediately reached for comment by phone.

Christopher Bucktin

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