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INDICTMENT

The Grand Jury of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, having been duly sworn, accuses Donald John Trump, Defendant, of the following offenses:

COUNT ONE

(Obstruction of an Official Proceeding)

On or about January 6, 2021, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendant Donald John Trump, while President of the United States, did willfully and corruptly obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding, namely, a joint session of the Congress of the United States convened to ascertain the results of the 2020 presidential election, by threatening, intimidating, and seeking to influence, delay, and interfere with the certification of the results of the election.

In particular, Defendant Trump:

  • On or about December 19, 2020, in a telephone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Defendant Trump pressured Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the results of the election in Georgia.
  • On or about January 2, 2021, in a speech to his supporters at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Defendant Trump urged his supporters to “fight like hell” and to march on the Capitol.
  • On or about January 6, 2021, Defendant Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing Congress to evacuate and temporarily halting the certification of the election results.

Defendant Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, were a direct assault on American democracy. He willfully and corruptly obstructed a joint session of Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty to certify the results of the election. By doing so, he endangered the lives of members of Congress and other government officials, and he threatened to undermine the very foundation of our democracy.

COUNT TWO

(Conspiracy to Defraud the United States)

On or about July 25, 2019, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendant Donald John Trump, together with others, knowingly and willfully conspired to defraud the United States by soliciting the interference of a foreign government, namely Ukraine, in the 2020 presidential election.

In particular, Defendant Trump:

  • On or about July 25, 2019, in a telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Defendant Trump pressured Zelenskyy to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden.
  • Defendant Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting with Zelenskyy in order to pressure Zelenskyy to comply with his demands.
  • Defendant Trump’s actions were a clear abuse of power and a violation of his constitutional oath of office. He used the power of his office to solicit the help of a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election.

COUNT THREE

(Racketeering Conspiracy)

On or about January 20, 2017, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendant Donald John Trump, together with others, knowingly and willfully conspired to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and bribery.

In particular, Defendant Trump:

  • Used his position as President of the United States to enrich himself and his family.
  • Solicited and accepted payments from foreign governments and individuals in exchange for official acts.
  • Engaged in obstruction of justice to cover up his crimes.

Defendant Trump’s actions were a clear violation of the law. He used his position as President to enrich himself and his family, and he solicited and accepted payments from foreign governments and individuals in exchange for official acts. He also engaged in obstruction of justice to cover up his crimes.

WHEREFORE, the Grand Jury prays that Defendant Donald John Trump be tried, convicted, and punished in accordance with law.

COUNT FOUR

(Campaign Finance Violations)

On or about June 17, 2016, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendant Donald John Trump, together with others, knowingly and willfully conspired to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by making a false statement to the FEC.

In particular, Defendant Trump:

  • Made a false statement to the FEC about the nature of a payment made to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic actress who claimed to have had an affair with Defendant Trump.
  • The payment was made in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Defendant Trump’s actions were a clear violation of the law. He made a false statement to the FEC in order to conceal a payment that was made in order to influence the outcome of an election.

COUNT FIVE

(Money Laundering)

On or about January 20, 2017, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendant Donald John Trump, together with others, knowingly and willfully conspired to launder money.

In particular, Defendant Trump:

  • Used his position as President of the United States to enrich himself and his family.
  • Solicited and accepted payments from foreign governments and individuals in exchange for official acts.
  • Used the money he received from these payments to purchase assets, such as real estate and businesses.

Defendant Trump’s actions were a clear violation of the law. He used his position as President to enrich himself and his family, and he used the money he received from these payments to purchase assets.

WHEREFORE, the Grand Jury prays that Defendant Donald John Trump be tried, convicted, and punished in accordance with law.

Dated this 9th day of June, 2023.

Additional Allegations

In addition to the charges listed above, the Grand Jury also has evidence that Defendant Trump engaged in the following activities:

  • Solicited and accepted payments from foreign governments and individuals in exchange for official acts.
  • Engaged in obstruction of justice to cover up his crimes.
  • Used his position as President to enrich himself and his family.
  • Laundered money.

The Grand Jury believes that these activities constitute a pattern of racketeering activity under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Conclusion

The Grand Jury concludes that there is probable cause to believe that Defendant Donald John Trump committed the offenses listed above. The Grand Jury therefore prays that Defendant Trump be tried, convicted, and punished in accordance with law.

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