CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago-based publicist and a suburban minister are amongst these charged Monday in Georgia, as a part of a sweeping indictment alleging they schemed to illegally overturn former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss and cease the peaceable transition of energy.
Publicist Trevian Kutti was interviewed by ABC7 Chicago over the weekend within the metropolis a couple of matter unrelated to the indictment.
Prosecutors stated she traveled from Chicago to Atlanta in an try to strain an election employee to report election fraud claims in testimony.
Kutti is a former publicist for artists R. Kelly and Ye, previously referred to as Kanye West.
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Suburban minister and ex-law enforcement chaplain Stephen Cliffgard Lee can be charged. He’s seen on Georgia police bodycam footage obtained by Reuters through which Lee allegedly intimidated an election employee in December 2020.
Lee can be seen in a marketing campaign video on YouTube for an Illinois pro-Trump congressional candidate. His legal professional advised the I-Workforce that he might be “vigorously contesting” the fees in Georgia and have a proper assertion quickly.
“On this case, we’re taking a look at what’s successfully alleging the bullying of an election official. And which may carry some extra weight than a few of these different fees that are somewhat murkier and possibly somewhat arduous for a jury to understand it,” stated ABC7 Chief Authorized Analyst Gil Soffer.
Kutti was additionally captured on bodycam video through which Retuers reported Kutti warned an election employee she was in peril due to the election, and that individuals have been going to indicate up at her home.
Kutti, together with Trump and 17 others have almost two weeks to give up.
The Fulton County district legal professional plans to strive all 19 defendants collectively.
The indictment, introduced by Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis, follows an investigation that lasted greater than two years and marks the fourth felony case introduced towards the previous president.
“As darkish because it sounds, it is a one man crime spree. However much more significantly, what’s at stake right here is not simply the rule of legislation. In a really actual sense, our democracy is at stake,” stated U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago).
“Now he is underneath 4 new indictments that primarily add as much as treason. Trump is the largest liar in American historical past. And right here in Illinois, we’ve got no tolerance for that type of b******t,” stated Governor JB Pritzker.
These charged in Monday’s indictment face a slew of fees, together with racketeering, violating the oath of a public officer, forgery, false statements and different offenses.
The I-Workforce reached out to Kutti however didn’t obtain a response. And whereas Lee has not personally responded both, he was seen final Sunday within the pulpit of an Orland Park Lutheran church, delivering his sermon.
The Related Press contributed to this report.