Whoops! Court posted 13 criminal charges before Trump indictment

A document listing 13 criminal charges against former President Donald Trump related to his illegal attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia was posted on Monday to the Fulton County court’s website, but it was taken down without explanation.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office released a statement that said no charges have yet been filed against Trump, who is already facing 78 felony charges in three separate indictments.

In the latest of those, Trump was charged with four felony counts related to his failed coup d’etat, the attempt to overturn the 2020 election by special counsel Jack Smith, in Washington, DC.

The Georgia document, a two-page docket report dated Aug. 14, was named The State of Georgia vs Donald John Trump, and it cited the case as “open,” but that document is no longer available on the court’s website. It included a variety of charges, including racketeering, conspiracy, and false statements.

Journalists were unable to determine why the item was posted or removed, but most interest disappeared after the actual indictment was released.

“In case you had any doubt that Fani Willis is going to get an indictment against Donald Trump, there no longer is any doubt,” said William A. Jacobson, a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School.

A spokesperson for District Attorney Fani Willis said the “report that those charges were filed is inaccurate. Beyond that we cannot comment.”

The court clerk’s office issued a statement that said no documents have been filed on Monday, but the grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case.

The office described what it called “a fictitious document that has been circulated online” without specifying whether it was the one listing criminal charges against Trump. A spokesperson for the clerk did not respond to a request for further detail.

A Georgia prosecutor, District Attorney Fani Willis, has been probing whether Trump and his allies illegally sought to overturn the state’s 2020 election results and has been expected to seek an indictment from a grand jury this week.

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