DOJ Indicts Andrew Gillum As Trump Avoids Jan 6 Felony Fees

Andrew Gillum Testifies On Voting Rights And Election Administration In Florida

Andrew Gillum waits to talk on the Elections Subcommittee area listening to on ‘Voting Rights and Election Administration in Florida’ on the Broward County Governmental Heart on Might 6, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. | Supply: Joe Raedle / Getty

Amid the abundance of proof being introduced throughout the ongoing Jan. 6 hearings that present the extent that former President Donald Trump went via to undermine democracy, the U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday introduced it was indicting Andrew Gillum for allegedly committing wire fraud and mendacity about it.

Whereas there have been rumblings previously of a federal investigation into Gillum, the chatter had seemingly died down in recent times, making Wednesday’s announcement all of the extra shocking.

Gillum, the 42-year-old former mayor of Tallahassee and one-time rising star within the Democratic Occasion, together with Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, had been each charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud “by unlawfully soliciting and acquiring funds from numerous entities and people via false and fraudulent guarantees and representations that the funds could be used for a professional objective,” in accordance with a press launch from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace representing the Northern District of Florida.

Gillum and Lettman-Hicks are accused of funneling the cash into an organization that she owns, disguising it as funds for that firm’s payroll after which paying it again to the previous gubernatorial candidate in Florida “for his private use.”

They every resist 20 years in jail if convicted.

NBC Information refers to Lettman-Hicks as Gillum’s “mentor.”

Each had been scheduled to look in court docket on Wednesday afternoon, the DOJ stated.

Gillum known as the indictment “political” and claimed he had dedicated no wrongdoings.

“I’ve spent the final 20 years of my life in public service and proceed to struggle for the folks,” Gillum stated in a press release after the indictment was made public. “Each marketing campaign I’ve run has been achieved with integrity. Make no mistake that this case will not be authorized, it’s political. All through my profession I’ve at all times stood up for the folks of Florida and have spoken fact to energy. There’s been a goal on my again ever since I used to be the mayor of Tallahassee. They discovered nothing then, and I’ve full confidence that my authorized workforce will show my innocence now.”

The indictment got here because the U.S. Home Choose Committee has been holding a sequence of hearings concerning the Jan. 6 riots on the U.S. Capitol final 12 months.

A gentle stream of witnesses, together with Trump’s family members and confidantes, have offered damning testimony that means the single-term president dedicated a criminal offense by inciting violence beneath the false pretenses of election fraud which have been repeatedly disproven.

Paradoxically, one of many crimes that Trump could possibly be charged with is wire fraud — the identical factor Gillum is going through.

In Trump’s case, there may be proof he raised cash beneath the aforementioned false pretenses of election fraud.

An investigator for the U.S. Home Choose Committee was proven on a video throughout the second Jan. 6 listening to on June 13 saying Trump raised $250 million to assist his so-called “Official Election Protection Fund,” the Washington Submit reported.

There are a minimum of three different crimes Trump might have dedicated stemming from his affiliation with the Jan. 6 riots: Obstruction of an official continuing of Congress; Conspiracy to defraud the US; and Seditious conspiracy.

“I feel what we’re presenting earlier than the American folks definitely would rise to a degree of legal involvement by a president — and positively failure of the oath,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of many Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, advised ABC Information this previous weekend.

In different phrases, it will seem that the DOJ has simply as robust a case towards Trump — if not stronger — because it does towards Gillum.

In the meantime, polling signifies {that a} rising variety of Individuals need Trump charged with a minimum of one crime for his position on Jan. 6.

It’s in that context that U.S. Legal professional Normal Merrick Garland has refused to cost Trump whereas the federal legislation enforcement company he leads moved to indict Gillum.

That is America.


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