After being indicted Monday, former President Donald Trump slammed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the Western Journal reported. The former president questioned certain aspects of the legal documents, including the timing.
Trump and 18 others were included in Willis's indictment, released late Monday. The former president faces 11 charges linked to Georgia's racketeering statute commonly reserved for organized crime.
The others charged included some of his closest advisers like his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Attorneys Sidney Powell and John Eastman from his legal team, which challenged the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, were also charged.
The former president believes this was a politically-motivated move spurred on by the fact that he's the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. "So, the Witch Hunt continues!" he said on his Truth Social hours after the legal dustup.
"19 people Indicated tonight, including the former President of the United States, me, by an out of control and very corrupt District Attorney who campaigned and raised money on, 'I will get Trump,'" the former president added. "And what about those Indictment Documents put out today, long before the Grand Jury even voted, and then quickly withdrawn? Sounds Rigged to me!" the former president charged.
"Why didn’t they Indict 2.5 years ago? Because they wanted to do it right in the middle of my political campaign. Witch Hunt!" Trump said.
This case hinges on the idea that Trump and his associates were attempting to overturn the 2020 election. It began with a phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, just four days before the infamous riot at the U.S. Capitol.
However, legal expert Jonathan Turley believes this is more of a fishing expedition than prosecuting a specific crime. "Indeed, every call, speech, and tweet appears a criminal step in the conspiracy," Turley wrote Tuesday.
"District Attorney Fani Willis appears to have elected to charge everything and everyone and let God sort them out," he added. This week's indictment adds to a bevy of charges Trump is facing in a number of criminal cases elsewhere.
The former president is under federal indictment for alleged mishandling of classified documents, while another case is pending about his challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump also faces charges from the New York district attorney over alleged hush money payments.
The Trump campaign released a statement Monday on Truth Social likening Willis's latest indictment to the others in how they're being handled. "Like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Deranged Jack Smith, and New York AG Letitia James, Fulton County, GA’s radical Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis is a rabid partisan who is campaigning and fundraising on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments," the campaign wrote.
"Ripping a page from Crooked Joe Biden’s playbook, Willis has strategically stalled her investigation to try and maximally interfere with the 2024 presidential race and damage the dominant Trump campaign. All of these corrupt Democrat attempts will fail," the campaign claimed.
The campaign also charged that the "intentionally slow-walked investigations" by special prosecutor Jack Smith, coupled with the indictments happening just as campaign season is ramping up, amounts to election interference. "Call it election interference or election manipulation — it is a dangerous effort by the ruling class to suppress the choice of the people. It is un-American and wrong," the campaign stated.
The fact that these criminal cases are popping up now instead of two years ago when Trump left office points to a political motivation. If they get away with this, the American electoral system is in serious danger.