Trump indicted for conspiring to defraud the U.S., disenfranchise voters, and obstruct an official proceeding.
Read the 45 page indictment here. But what if you’re busy to read it? Or are just interested in a specific part of the indictment?
Listen to the Grand Jury’s indictment on SoundCloud. It’s organized into sixteen little audios, each about 2 minutes long.
Dishonesty, fraud, and deceit
“A grand jury in Washington, D.C, indicted former president Donald J. Trump for conspiring to defraud the United States, conspiring to disenfranchise voters, and conspiring and attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. The charges stemmed from Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. A grand jury is made up of 23 ordinary citizens who weigh evidence of criminal activity and produce an indictment if 12 or more of them vote in favor.
The grand jury indicted Trump for “conspiracy to defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud, and deceit to impair, obstruct, and defeat the lawful federal government function by which the results of the presidential election are collected, counted and certified by the government; “conspiracy to corruptly obstruct and impede the January 6 congressional proceeding at which the collected results of the presidential election are counted and certified”; and “conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted.”
“Each of these conspiracies,” the indictment reads, “targeted a bedrock function of the United States federal government: the nation’s process of collecting, counting, and certifying the results of the presidential election.” “This federal government function…is foundational to the United States’ democratic process, and until 2021, had operated in a peaceful and orderly manner for more than 130 years.” – Heather Cox Richardson
Understanding the indictment
“Here’s the trick to understanding the indictment. Because the same facts underlie each of the charges, the government sets them out only once, in the first count. Then it adopts them as the factual basis for each of the next three charges. That means that the first count, which begins on page 3, takes up the bulk of the indictment. It concludes on page 42. But once you’ve read it, you have the facts and the key aspects of each of the conspiracies that are charged.
Read the indictment for yourself! Encourage others to do it, too. Most importantly, don’t accept the defeatist mentality that no Trump supporters can take in the information and change their minds. While his hardcore base may not, there are others who may support him for policy or political reasons, but who, when confronted with the hard facts about his complicity, including Count Four where he is charged with a conspiracy to interfere with Americans’ right to vote, may finally decide they’ve had enough.”
Cameras in the courtroom. Chief Justice Roberts could ensure these proceedings were made publicly available. He can order that there be cameras in the courts. And he should. That final charge makes it clear that we are all victims of this crime. We have the right to watch the proceedings.” – Joyce Vance in Civil Discourse
Make it easy for people to get the facts
Provide information in a form that’s easy for people to absorb and share. Many people prefer to listen rather than read. It’s more convenient and they can do it while multi-tasking.
The indictment is vitally important. DemLabs converted the 45 page indictment from PDF to text. The material was then organized into 16 subsections to make it easy for people to listen to the part they were most interested in. These sections were then converted into audio files with AI and uploaded to the SoundCloud streaming service. The whole process took about 4 hours and cost $6.
TakeAway: Understand the indictment. America is a country built on laws not personalities. No one is above the law.
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