A news report on Monday sparked confusion regarding new criminal charges against Donald Trump, further complicating his legal troubles. Initial headlines from Reuters stated that numerous charges had been filed against Trump in Georgia, including conspiracy, false statements, forgery, and racketeering. However, a spokeswoman for Fulton County, Georgia, later refuted the report, deeming it “inaccurate.” Reuters then clarified that Georgia seemed prepared to charge Trump, highlighting the distinction between the initial headlines and the updated information. Reuters also referenced a two-page docket report that had been briefly posted and subsequently taken down from the Fulton County court’s website.
The authenticity of the docket report could not be independently verified by CNBC. Nevertheless, it appears to align with the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation into Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis initiated the probe in February 2021, prompted by the revelation that Trump had asked Georgia’s secretary of state to find enough votes to reverse his loss. Willis stated that she was investigating potential violations of state laws related to election fraud, lying to government entities, conspiracy, racketeering, and any involvement in election-related violence or threats. Security has been heightened at the Fulton County courthouse in recent weeks, with road closures and K-9 units monitoring the area.