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Donald Trump's Capitol Insurrection Indictment

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Overview

Donald Trump's Capitol Insurrection Indictment refers to the indictment of former President Donald Trump for his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 United States Presidential Election and block the peaceful transfer of power, as well as his role in allegedly spurring on the January 6th, 2021, Storming of the U.S. Capitol. It is Trump's third indictment in 2023, following indictments in the Stormy Daniels Hush Money case and the Mishandling of Classified Presidential Records case. It is believed to be the third of four potential indictments against Trump in 2023, as a case over his alleged efforts to overturn the election in Georgia during the 2020 election is also being investigated by officials there.

Background

On July 18th, 2023, Donald Trump shared a post to Truth Social saying he was sent a target letter by Special Counsel Jack Smith[1] (shown below). Trump and media analysts at the time saw this as a sign an indictment was imminent.


Donald J. Trump @realDonald Trump ***** TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! 2024 View Truth Details 3m Statement by Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States WOW! On Sunday night, while I was with my family, having just arrived from the Turning Point event in Florida, where I won the Straw Poll against all other Republican candidates with 85.7%, with all polls showing me leading in the Republican Primary by very substantial numbers, almost everyone predicting that I will be the Republican Nominee for President, and as I am leading Democrat Joe Biden in the polls by a lot, HORRIFYING NEWS for our Country was given to me by my attorneys. Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden's DOJ, sent a letter (again, it was Sunday night!) stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an Arrest and Indictment. So now, Joe Biden's Attorney General, Merrick Garland, who I turned down for the United States Supreme Court (in retrospect, based on his corrupt and unethical actions, a very wise decision!), together with Joe Biden's Department of Injustice, have effectively issued a third Indictment and Arrest of Joe Biden's NUMBER ONE POLITICAL OPPONENT, who is largely dominating him in the race for the Presidency. Nothing like this has ever happened in our Country before, or even close. They illegally spied on my Campaign, attacked me with a totally Fake "Dossier" that was funded by Hillary Clinton's Campaign and the DNC, Impeached me twice (I won!), they failed on the Mueller Witch Hunt (No Collusion!), they failed on the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, the 51 "Intelligence" Agents fraud, the FBI/Twitter files, the DOJ/Facebook censorship, and every other scam imaginable. But on top of all of that, they have now effectively indicted me three times (the DOJ staffed and runs the D.A.'s Office in Manhattan), with a probable fourth coming from Atlanta, where the DOJ are in strict, and possibly illegal, coord with the District Attorney, whose record on murder and other violent crin abysmal. THIS WITCH HUNT IS ALL ABOUT ELECTION INTERFERENCE AND COMPLETE AND TOTAL POLITICAL WEAPONIZATION OF LAW ENFORCEMEN a very sad and dark period for our Nation!

Of note, it was reported that Rudy Giuliani, Trump's former lawyer and a key figure in the alleged effort to overturn the 2020 election results spoke with Special Counsel Jack Smith but was not served a target letter. This led to speculation that he may have "flipped" against Trump in the investigation.[2]

Developments

On August 1st, 2023, Trump was indicted on four counts related to his alleged efforts to overturn the election and conspire to use the violence of January 6th to further delay the counting of votes.[3][4] As stated by the Associated Press in an article published that same day:

"The indictment includes charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S., conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, obstructing an official proceeding and violating a post-Civil War Reconstruction Era civil rights statute that makes it a crime to conspire to violate rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution -- in this case, the right to vote."


Though Trump is the only person charged in the indictment, it lists half a dozen co-conspirators who allegedly attempted to aid Trump's scheme to overturn election results. They are believed to be Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jeff Clark, Kenneth Chesebro and an unknown political consultant.[5]

Online Reactions

Online, several posters made jokes and memes about the number of times Donald Trump had been indicted in 2023. For example, on August 1st, 2023, Twitter user @pattymo[6] joked that Trump was "in a CRANK-type situation where getting serially indicted is the only thing keeping his heart going," gaining over 400 retweets and 5,300 likes in one day (shown below, left). The same day, user @mnateshyamalan[7] joked he was "bored" of Trump getting indicted, saying, "they should trap him in a computer like Tron," gaining over 380 retweets and 5,300 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Patrick Monahan @pattymo Have we considered that Trump is in a CRANK-type situation where getting serially indicted is the only thing keeping his heart going 7:38 PM. Aug 1, 2023 soul nate @MNateShyamalan ok it was fun at first but i am officially bored of trump getting indicted. i think they should trap him in a computer like Tron 7:00 PM - Aug 1, 2023 .

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