Donald Trump and 18 others were charged in Georgia as part of an alleged scheme to illegally overturn his 2020 election loss and stop the constitutional transfer of power.
All 19 defendants, including Trump, were charged in the August 2023 indictment with criminal racketeering under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which ties together individual criminal acts to demonstrate a broader criminal network and conspiracy. There were 40 additional criminal charges detailed in the indictment.
So far, 4 of the 19 defendants have pled guilty in the case, each to varying charges. Fulton County prosecutors have discussed plea deals with at least 6 other defendants.
DEFENDANTS PLEADING GUILTY
October 24, 2023, Jenna Ellis, a lawyer who worked as a senior legal advisor on Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, pled guilty to 1 felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writing. In pleading guilty, she admitted to a crime stemming from her efforts to spread lies about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere.
Kenneth Chesebro, a lawyer who worked for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election, pled guilty on October 20, 2023 to the felony of conspiring to commit filing false documents. Chesebro was indicted for racketeering and six other felony counts. In pleading guilty, he admitted to participating in a scheme to use fake electors to overturn the will of Georgia voters.
Sidney Powell, a lawyer who worked for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election, pled guilty to 6 criminal counts of conspiracy to commit interference with election duties on October 19, 2023. Powell was indicted for racketeering and six other felony counts. In pleading guilty, she admitted to plotting to unlawfully access secure election machines in Georgia.