Donald Trump was indicted on Tuesday over his efforts to upend the results of the 2020 US election -- the most serious legal threat yet to the former president as he campaigns to return to the White House.

It is the third criminal indictment of the 77-year-old Trump since March and charges him with three counts of conspiracy and one count of obstruction.

Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is already scheduled to go on trial in Florida in May of next year for allegedly mishandling top secret government documents.

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The new charges, two of which carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, raise the prospect of Trump being embroiled in more legal proceedings at the height of what is expected to be a bitter and divisive presidential campaign.

The indictment brought by special counsel Jack Smith accuses Trump of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding -- the January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress held to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.

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Trump is also accused in the 45-page indictment of seeking to disenfranchise American voters with his false claims that he won the November 2020 presidential election.

“Shortly after election day -- which fell on November 3, 2020 -- the Defendant launched his criminal scheme,” the indictment, handed down by a grand jury in Washington, said.

“The purpose of the conspiracy was to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by using knowingly false claims of election fraud,” it said.

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Smith, a former war crimes prosecutor at the Hague, said the January 6 attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters was “an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy.”

“It was fueled by lies,” Smith told reporters in brief remarks.

“Lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the US government -- the nation’s process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election.”

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Part of that plan, the indictment alleges, was to have then-vice president Mike Pence use his role as presiding officer over the January 6 joint session to throw out several states’ votes.

Pence ultimately refused, issuing a public statement saying that he did not believe the Constitution allowed him that power.

As Trump’s supporters later stormed the US Capitol, where Pence was in hiding, Trump tweeted that his vice president “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.”

- White House silence -

The White House on Tuesday maintained silence on Trump’s historic indictment.

Biden, who is seeking reelection next year, continued his beach vacation in Delaware, dining out with First Lady Jill Biden before seeing the film “Oppenheimer.”

Trump’s campaign, meanwhile, issued a blistering statement, comparing his prosecution to “Nazi Germany in the 1930s” and stating that he had followed “advice from many highly accomplished attorneys” -- a likely line of defense at trial.

The indictment mentions six co-conspirators but none are identified and Trump, who is to be arraigned on Thursday, is the only named defendant.

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The case is expected to be heard by US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, an appointee of former Democratic president Barack Obama.

Smith said he is seeking a “speedy trial.”

- Trump furious -

Trump lashed out at the special counsel, calling him “deranged” and accusing him of issuing “yet another Fake Indictment” to “interfere with the presidential election.”

“Why didn’t they do this 2.5 years ago?” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform. “Why did they wait so long?

“Because they wanted to put it right in the middle of my campaign,” he said. “Prosecutorial misconduct!”

Trump has repeatedly attacked the investigation as a political “witch hunt” by the Department of Justice.

Besides the classified documents charges, the former president also faces a criminal trial in New York for allegedly paying election-eve hush money to a porn star.

Georgia prosecutors are also looking into whether Trump illegally attempted to overturn the 2020 election outcome in the southern state.

As president, Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for seeking political dirt on Biden from Ukraine and over the events of January 6 but he was acquitted by the Senate both times.

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Pence, who is competing against Trump in the Republican primary, said on Twitter -- now rebranded as X -- that Tuesday’s indictment “serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States.”

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Joseph Swanson
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trump is NO friend to Ukraine.  trump will backstab Ukraine.  trump is working on his "24 hrs. plan" through backdoor deals with russia.  trump's idol reagan did the same...backdoor deal with Iran.  In this case, the better deal will be russia will be allowed to keep ALL current occupied Ukrainian land and Ukraine government will be forced to accept it under trump presidency.

October 2007: trump said Putin’s doing a great job
December 2011: trump praised Putin’s “intelligence” and “no-nonsense way” in his book “Time to Get Tough.”
June 2013: trump wonders if Putin will be his “new best friend”
October 2013: trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
Oct. 11, 2015: trump says they had good ratings together
Nov. 10, 2015: trump reiterates that he and Putin “were stablemates”
Dec. 17, 2015: trump returns Putin’s praise
Dec. 18, 2015: trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killings of journalists
Feb. 17, : trump says he’d be “crazy” to disavow Putin’s praise
April 28: trump says maybe they’ll get along
July 29 2023: trump calls for conditioning Ukraine aid on congressional Biden probes.  Ironically enough, trump was impeached already for having blackmailed Ukraine the first time by holding aid.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-quotes/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/03/politics/trump-putin-russia-timeline/

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Joseph Swanson
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And of course no The Kyiv Post comment section would not be complete with "American Chris" soliciting for his lord and savior trump regurgitating pro russian propaganda American media outlet "newsmax."

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Joseph Swanson
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trump's "24 hr. plan" is today's reagan's back door deal with iran regarding release of the hostages and to sink carter's re election,  iran was promised reagan would be elected and offered a better deal. 
Today's better deal is  that russia will be allowed under trump, to keep Crimea, Donbas, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol, amd Mariupol.  Biden's re election like Carter's will have been sunk...Ukraine destroyed and divided and trump and his demons will be perfectly fine with this.
As a side note, trump met with reagan when he was a young man and is an admirer of reagan.
trump belongs in a US super max prison in Ohio 14 floors underground for life.

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Freddie
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The world is corrupt .

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Oslo
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What it's alway was corrupt everywhere that's the state of the world.

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American Chris
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Anti Trump hubris backfiring as polls show more Americans support President Trump. The new allegations by Washington DC grand jury expected due to last election when 97% of Washington DC voters voted democrat.
For Ukraine Victory!
https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/lara-trump-donald-trump-indictment/2023/08/01/id/1129313/

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