Following the indictment of former President Trump in the state of Georgia for his alleged criminal conspiracy to overturn the will of the people following the 2020 presidential election, Issue One’s bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity released the following statement:
“The latest indictment of former President Trump details more troubling allegations into the actions he and his team took to remain in power by overturning the will of voters.
“The indictment brought by the state of Georgia alleges a criminal enterprise led by former President Trump and members of his team to obstruct our Constitution and the peaceful transfer of power. Evidence obtained by prosecutors also alleges that members of Trump’s legal team were responsible for unlawfully accessing election machines in Coffee County during the weeks following the 2020 election. If proven true, breaching a voting system would represent an unthinkable criminal effort to undermine the integrity of our electoral systems.
“At a time when election administration has been mired in partisan politics, it’s important to note the crucial role played by leaders such as Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling who ran a free and fair election in the face of numerous challenges. We agree with Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp: ‘The future of our country is at stake in 2024 and that should be our focus.’ As Secretary Raffensperger rightly said this week, ‘The most basic principles of a strong democracy are accountability and respect for the Constitution and rule of law. You either have it, or you don’t.’
“While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, every American is also accountable and subject to the laws of our Constitution. Any individual involved in the criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election must be held accountable. These are serious charges, especially for a former president, and could cast a shadow on democracy in the upcoming 2024 election. A jury of American citizens will decide whether the former president is guilty of breaking the law by seeking to subvert the will of the people.”