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Arizona indicts 18 Trump allies for advancing fake elector scheme to overturn results of 2020 election

On April 24, 2024, a grand jury of everyday citizens in Arizona indicted 18 of the people who attempted to throw out the state’s election results in 2020. These individuals were charged for their alleged role in the Arizona fake elector scheme, an election interference effort focused on trying to permit the former president to stay in office despite losing the 2020 election. Trump himself is listed in the indictment as “unindicted coconspirator 1.”


“The scheme, had it succeeded, would have deprived Arizona’s voters of their right to have their votes counted for their chosen president. It effectively would have made their vote meaningless,” Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes said in a video statement.


The Arizona state investigation focused on the Trump team’s alleged effort to sow doubt about Arizona’s election results, as well as their work to create an alternate slate of “fake” electors who would support Trump when the electoral college met. 


The indictment publicly names 11 people, Trump’s alternate slate of electors, but redacts the names of seven others. Media outlets have identified them as Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, and Christina Bobb, top campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, and former campaign aide Mike Roman.


Trump faces a long list of other legal challenges, including 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records immediately preceding the 2016 Presidential Election to hide a $130,000 hush money payment to an adult film actress with whom he had an extramarital affair. A trial on those charges is underway in New York.

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