Special counsel charges Trump with conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

September 17, 2023

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. Trump called the indictment "fake" in a post on his social media website shortly before news of the filing was made public. It cites his efforts to overturn the election results using bogus fraud claims in Arizona and Georgia. The court filing cites a lawsuit she filed against the governor of Georgia "falsely alleging 'massive election fraud' accomplished through the voting machine company’s election software and hardware." In June, Smith brought a 37-count indictment against Trump for allegedly mishandling national security information and obstruction.