The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has been indicted for his role in encouraging his supporters to protest at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
The long-running investigation was led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who examined President Trump’s effort to delay the certification of the 2020 presidential elections and eventually overturn the results.
“Despite having lost, [Trump] was determined to remain in power,” the Smith said in the indictment.
“So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election and that he had actually won. These claims were false, and the Defendant knew that they were false,” he said.
The indictment also accuses the former president of exploiting violence in order to advance his effort to reverse the outcome of the election.
“I hear that Deranged Jack Smith, in order to interfere with the Presidential Election of 2024, will be putting out yet another Fake Indictment of your favorite President, me, at 5:00 P.M.” Trump said on his Truth Social, his social media site. “Why didn’t they do this 2.5 years ago? Why did they wait so long?”
This is the second federal indictment of the former president stemming from Smith’s investigation.
Trump has already pleaded not guilty to allegations that he improperly handled classified documents.
The new charges include Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding, Obstruction of and Attempt to Obstruct an Official Proceeding, and Conspiracy Against Right.
The indictment lists six co-conspirators who were not named.
You can read then full indictment here: