Republican Leaders Turn on Trump in Latest Indictment

The latest criminal indictment filed against former President Donald Trump by special counsel Jack Smith included hundreds of hours of grand jury testimony from Republican witnesses, including former Trump administration members. Trump and his allies have criticized the indictment as politically motivated, but the evidence of criminal activity largely comes from Republicans sympathetic to Trump, who testified under oath. During a conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Trump falsely asserted that 5,000 dead people had voted, but Raffensperger corrected him, stating it was only two. Trump also called acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and presented multiple false claims about the election. when Donoghue informed Trump that the Justice Department could not change the outcome, Trump allegedly responded, "Just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen."

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