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1/ Trump and 18 others were indicted by an Atlanta grand jury in connection with efforts to overturn Biden’s 2020 win in Georgia. The 41-count indictment – 13 of which were lodged against Trump – is the fourth time Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has been indicted since leaving office. In all, he faces 91 felony charges. Trump now has 10 days to turn himself in to face accusations that he orchestrated a “criminal enterprise” to remain in power despite losing the election by violating the state’s racketeering act, soliciting a public officer to violate their oath, conspiring to impersonate a public officer, conspiring to commit forgery, and conspiring to file false documents. “Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump,” the indictment states. Racketeering carries up to 20 years in prison, while conspiracy can result in a minimum sentence of one year in prison with a variable maximum sentence. Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, and several others were all charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization act. The charges follow a 2 1/2-year criminal investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The probe was launched after audio leaked of Trump’s Jan. 2, 2021, phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to “find” him 11,780 votes to overturn his 2020 loss in the state. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Washington Post / New York Times / Associated Press / NBC News / Wall Street Journal / NPR / Bloomberg / CNN / Politico / ABC News)
- Keeping Track of the Trump Investigations. Here is a guide to the major criminal cases involving the former president. (New York Times)
- 📌 Day 800: The Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Trump for his role in the hush-money payment to a porn star during his 2016 campaign.
- 📌 Day 871: The Justice Department charged Trump with 37 felony counts over his refusal to return classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, including 31 counts under the Espionage Act of “willful retention” of national defense information, making false statements, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
- 📌 Day 924: Trump was indicted by special counsel Jack Smith on federal charges over his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and subvert the will of American voters.
- Trump is charged with racketeering: Here’s what that means and what happens next for him. (Washington Post)
- 4 things revealed by Trump’s Georgia indictment. (Washington Post)
- The Trump Georgia Indictment, Annotated. (New York Times / CNN)
2/ The Mar-a-Lago property manager charged in the Trump classified documents case pleaded not guilty in Florida federal court. Carlos De Oliveira is accused of conspiring with Trump and Walt Nauta to delete security footage the Justice Department sought as part of its efforts to retrieve sensitive files from Trump after he left office. After the security footage was subpoenaed, De Oliveira allegedly told an IT employee at Mar-a-Lago that “the boss” wanted the footage deleted. De Oliveira was unable to enter a plea in late July and again last week because he was unable to find a Florida-based lawyer. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Maynard, meanwhile, wished De Oliveira “good luck.” (NBC News / CNN / Politico / CBS News / CNBC)
3/ The Biden administration will begin discharging student loans for 804,000 borrowers with a combined $39 billion in federal debt after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from conservative groups seeking to block the program. Last year, the Education Department said payment-tracking procedures “revealed significant flaws” in the system and that many borrowers were “missing out on progress toward [income-driven repayment] forgiveness.” The administration said it was addressing “historical failures” in which qualifying payments by people enrolled in income-driven repayment plans were not properly accounted for. (Axios / CBS News / ABC News)
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin criticized Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s ongoing hold on hundreds of military promotions as an “unprecedented” move that threatens the country’s safety. “Because of this blanket hold, starting today, for the first time in the history of the Department of Defense, three of our military services are operating without Senate-confirmed leaders,” Austin said. (NBC News)
- Violent threats against public officials have escalated since 2013. In 2013, there were 38 such arrests — last year, there were 74. (NPR)
- The U.S. has seen a record increase in homeless people this year. Homelessness is up roughly 11% from 2022 – the biggest recorded increase since the government started tracking comparable numbers in 2007. (Wall Street Journal)
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