Donald Trump’s legal woes continue to mount, as federal prosecutors this week announced a third criminal indictment against the former United States president so far this year.
Trump was indicted on Tuesday on federal charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election that he lost to President Joe Biden – and which he continues to falsely claim was the result of widespread fraud.The indictment is the third Trump has faced since March when officials in the US state of New York indicted him for falsifying business documents in connection to hush-money payments made to an adult-film star.
In June, Trump became the first current or former US president to face federal charges when prosecutors unveiled an indictment against him over allegations he mishandled secret government documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Meanwhile, Trump faces a looming fourth indictment in the US state of Georgia, where authorities are probing whether his efforts to pressure an election official to alter the 2020 vote results in the state constitute a crime.The cases have come as Trump continued to hold a sizeable lead in a crowded Republican 2024 presidential race. Under the US Constitution, Trump can still run, and assume office if he wins, even if convicted.2020 election interference – Federal case
Trump faces four federal felony charges in connection to his high-profile efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
The sweeping indictment unsealed on August 1 recaps a months-long misinformation campaign by Trump, in which the former president pushed fraud claims that prosecutors say he knew to be untrue.
Trump also pressured state and federal officials to intervene in the election certification process, including his Vice President Mike Pence, authorities said.Trump is charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the US; one count of conspiracy against rights; one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, and one count of obstructing an official proceeding.
The former president is set to appear in a Washington, DC court at 4pm local time (20:00 GMT) on Thursday to face the charges, US media outlets have reported.
Trump will be fingerprinted, taken in before the presiding judge, and asked to enter a plea on the four charges against him, Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reported on Wednesday.
“In the previous indictments, he has pleaded not guilty, which is likely to be the same in this occasion,” Hanna said.