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Trump Escapes Arizona Felony Charges (The Same Can’t Be Said for His Pals)

Remember the 2020 elections? And how Donald Trump definitely lost to Joe Biden but could he not accept this loss, and instead conspired with his cronies to try to steal a second term, in schemes that included false election plots in several states? Well, more than three years later, some of those cronies are being held accountable by the state of Arizona.

An Arizona grand jury has indicted 18 people for trying to overturn the state’s election, including seven people who worked for or were affiliated with Trump. These people include the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, And Christina Bobb; Campaign Advisor 2020 (and 2016 and 2024) Boris Epshteyn; and 2020 campaign assistant Mike Romain. “In Arizona and the United States, the people elected Joseph Biden as President on November 3, 2020,” reads the indictment announced Wednesday. “Unwilling to accept this fact, the defendants and unindicted co-conspirators conspired to prevent the legal transfer of the presidency” in order to keep Trump in power “against the wishes of Arizona voters.” This plan would have deprived Arizona voters of their right to vote and have their votes counted. According to The Washington Post, all defendants appear to have been charged with all of the crimes set forth in the indictment; these crimes are conspiracy, fraudulent plans and practices, fraudulent plans and artifices, and forgery. Fraudulent schemes and artifices, the most serious of all crimes, carry a standard sentence of five years in prison. In a press release, the Attorney General Chris Mayes said the charges were the result of a “thorough” 13-month investigation, adding: “I will not allow American democracy to be undermined.” It’s too important.

Although Trump himself has not been charged, he appears to be a major player in the scheme. According to Job:

Many of those involved in the 2020 election strategy, which played out in Arizona and six other states, have long insisted that the tactic was legal because Trump voters were just placeholders to be activated if legal challenges to Biden’s victory end up in court. But Mayes accuses Trump allies inside and outside of Arizona of always intending to use voters to falsely claim that the outcome of the election was in doubt, thereby facilitating efforts to obstruct the certification of Biden’s victory in Congress on January 6, 2021.

That effort was supported by Trump, according to the indictment, who “himself was unwilling to accept that he lost the election.” While the charges focus on election strategy, the indictment describes the various ways in which Trump and his allies sought to pressure state and local officials to “encourage them to alter” the results elections. Trump’s allies first pressured members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in the Phoenix area, according to the indictment. When it became clear that the Republican-led board would not change the results, pressure was brought to bear on members of the state legislature, namely the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the time. rusty arbors (right) – who heard from Trump and other allies. When his efforts failed, Trump sought to appeal to then-Arizona governor. Doug Ducey (right), who ignored a call from Trump as he certified the state’s election results. That day, according to the indictment, Trump berated Ducey on social media for certifying the results.

This is not the first time that Meadows, Giuliani, Ellis, Eastman and Roman have faced felony charges for trying to overturn the election, having been indicted last year by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, in Georgia, which also indicted Trump. In that case, Ellis pleaded guilty and cooperated with the prosecutor; the other individuals pleaded not guilty. Following the Arizona charges, an attorney for Meadows said he had not yet seen the indictment, but if his client were charged, “it would be a blatantly political charge.” and politicized which would be contested and rejected”. An attorney for Eastman said his client “is innocent of criminal conduct in Arizona or elsewhere and will fight these charges as he has every other unjust charge against him.” A spokesperson for Giuliani said the indictment was evidence of “the continued militarization of our justice system.” Epshteyn refused the Jobrequest for comment. Bobb and lawyers for Roman and Ellis did not immediately respond. A Trump spokesperson called the indictment “another example of Democrats’ weaponization of the justice system.”

News Source : www.vanityfair.com
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