According to former President Donald Trump, his “conclusive” report will prove election fraud occurred in Georgia beyond a shadow of a doubt. He has taken this step after a recent indictment accused him and 18 others of attempting to manipulate by making false claims about the 2020 election.
In a post on Truth Social on the morning of August 15, President Trump declared that he would hold a significant press conference on August 21 at 11 a.m. at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He asserted that the report, which is nearing completion, is extensive, intricate, and irrefutable.
President Trump expressed his belief that the conclusive findings of this report should lead to the dismissal of all charges against him and his associates, resulting in a complete exoneration. He criticized the authorities for pursuing those who fought to uncover election irregularities rather than addressing the alleged wrongdoers.
President Trump’s legal team issued statements condemning the indictment shortly after its release. In their latest communication sent in the early hours of August 15, attorneys Drew Findling, Jennifer Little, and Marissa Goldberg characterized the events of August 14 as shocking and absurd. They highlighted the indictment’s premature leak and questioned its release’s timing before witness testimonies and grand jury deliberations.
During a brief press conference on August 14, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who filed the charges, presented the indictment and responded to reporters’ questions. Notably, there was confusion surrounding a list of charges that had appeared briefly on a court website but was removed. The actual charges in the indictment corresponded to those on the earlier leaked document, raising questions about due process and transparency.
President Trump and his team criticized the early disclosure of the charges, asserting that it infringed upon his due process rights. They argued that the rush to present the 98-page indictment was driven by certain witnesses’ personal and political biases.
In response to the indictment release, President Trump accused the district attorney of being corrupt and out of control. He alleged that Ms. Willis had campaigned and fundraised on the promise of pursuing charges against him.
The timing of the former president’s press conference aligns with a deadline for all 19 defendants, including Trump, to surrender to authorities in Georgia on the indicted charges. They risk arrest if they fail to do so by noon on August 25.
Another significant date is August 23, when the first Republican presidential candidates’ debate is scheduled in Milwaukee. President Trump indicated that he might not sign a “loyalty pledge” supporting the Republican nominee, a requirement for participating in the televised debate. In a lighthearted manner, he polled audiences in Iowa and Pennsylvania, both of which responded with a resounding “no” to subjecting him to potential attacks during the debate.