Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and Other Trump Allies Hit with Indictments

( – On April 24, an Arizona state grand jury handed down indictments against 18 supporters of former President Donald Trump, including the 11 so-called “fake electors,” who supported him in his 2020 attempt to overturn the election results in the state, according to Arizona state Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Trump lawyers and advisers Jenna Ellis, Michael Roman, Christina Bobb, John Eastman, and Boris Epshteyn were among those charged with forgery, fraud, and conspiracy.

Felony charges were also filed against the so-called “fake electors” plot against 11 Arizona Republicans, including state Sen. Anthony Kern, Sen. Jacob Hoffman, former state Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward, Michael Ward, Turning Points Action COO Tyler Bowyer, energy industry executive James Lamon, Samuel Moorhead, former Cochise County Republican Chairman Robert Montgomery, Nancy Cottle, former Arizona Republican Executive Director Greg Safsten, and Loraine Pellegrino. The 11 Republicans met at the Arizona Republican Party’s headquarters in Phoenix in December 2020, where they signed a certificate to submit to the Electoral College stating that they were Arizona’s 11 electors. The state Republican Party documented the signing of the certificate in a social media post.

The charging document refers to Trump as “Unindicted Coconspirator 1.” Attorney Kenneth Chesebro is also described in the indictment as an unindicted coconspirator.

According to the indictment, the “defendants and unindicted coconspirators” could not accept that Arizona voters elected Joe Biden, who won the state by 10,457 votes, as president and therefore “schemed to prevent the lawful transfer of the presidency.”

Mayes, who led the investigation, said “a thorough and professional investigation” was conducted when announcing the charges in a video.

The Republican Party of Arizona, in a statement on Twitter, called the indictments “a blatant and unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial power.” The statement also called the charges “pure election interference,” adding that the timing is “suspiciously convenient and politically motivated.”

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