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More On Trump's Georgia Indictment

Former President Donald Trump and 18 other defendants have been named in a grand jury indictment for their roles in allegedly interfering with the 2020 election results in Georgia and have until Aug. 25 to turn themselves in. Others named in the indictment include Rudy Giuliani, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Trump legal adviser John Eastman.

The indictment (read here), unsealed late Monday, charges the 19 defendants with 41 total counts, including violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Georgia's RICO is an expanded version of the federal statute, which has been used to take down organized crime (see 101). Prosecutors allege the Trump campaign was a criminal enterprise that schemed to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia and other states, including by lying to the Georgia state legislature and unlawfully accessing voting equipment. See key takeaways here.

The criminal indictment is Trump's fourth in five months (see overview), and the second related to alleged election fraud. He denies any wrongdoing.

Separately, attorney Christopher Clark, who represented Hunter Biden in plea negotiations with the Justice Department over tax issues and a separate gun-related issue, is withdrawing from Hunter Biden's defense, citing his potential role as a witness in future proceedings. Hunter Biden has been under investigation for his foreign business dealings.

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