Donald Trump has been charged with attempting to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the US State of Georgia.
The former US President has been indicted in Fulton County on charges that include forgery and racketeering.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have also been charged, alongside 16 others.
Traditionally a Republican State, Georgia voted for Joe Biden by a narrow margin of 12,670 votes in 2020 - to the consternation of Mr Trump and his acolytes.
In 2021, audio emerged of the then-President calling Georgia’s election chief, suggesting that he “find enough votes” to overturn the election result.
It is the fourth time Mr Trump has been charged this year and he denies all charges against him.
Writing on his Truth Social account, he denounced the proceedings as “witch hunt”.
“Nineteen 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,’” he wrote.
“And what about those Indictment Documents put out today, long before the Grand Jury even voted, and then quickly withdrawn? Sounds Rigged to me! 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!”
Mr Trump has until August 25th to surrender to police.
He remains the frontrunner to be the Republican nominee for President next year and a recent New York Times/Siena poll found him tied with Joe Biden.
Main image: Former President Donald Trump waves as he steps off his plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Aug. 3, 2023, (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)