Six co-conspirators implicated alongside Trump in Jan 6 'conspiracy' case

Special Counsel Jack Smith said in a press conference that "our investigation of other individuals continues."

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The indictment against 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump was announced Tuesday night in connection with what Biden's DOJ alleges were attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. In the 45-page indictment, Trump was indicted on four counts, and 6 people are listed as co-conspirators, though their names are not revealed. 

While the names were not released, the descriptions of these individuals in the indictment give an indication of who the alleged co-conspirators could be. Special Counsel Jack Smith said in a Tuesday evening press conference that "our investigation of other individuals continues."

Co-Conspirator 1

Co-conspirator 1 was described in the indictment as "an attorney who was willing to spread knowingly false claims and pursue strategies that the Defendant’s 2020 re-election campaign attorneys would not."

According to People, this is widely believed to be former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The indictment stated that the co-conspirator "orchestrated an event at a hotel in Gettysburg attended by state legislators," pointing to an event headlined by Giuliani in late November 2020 that took place in a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania hotel ballroom.

Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello said the description of co-conspirator 1 appeared to be his client, but added that "Every fact that Mayor Giuliani possesses about this case establishes the good faith basis President Trump had for the actions he took." Costello also criticized the indictment, charging that it "eviscerates the First Amendment," according to NBC News.

Co-Conspirator 2

Co-conspirator 2, described as "an attorney who devised and attempted to implement a strategy to leverage the Vice President’s ceremonial role overseeing certification proceeding to obstruct the certification of the presidential election," is believed to be Trump attorney John Eastman.

The indictment notes a speech given by the co-conspirator on January 6, in which they said, "We no longer live in a self-governing republic if we can’t get the answer to this question. This is bigger than President Trump. It is a very essence of our republican form of government, and it has to be done."

The quote was a direct reference to a speech given by Eastman from the Eclipse in Washington DC on January 6. 

A memo obtained by reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which were cited throughout the indictment, said Eastman had written a detailed plan to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to block the certification of electoral votes on January 6.

Co-Conspirator 3

Co-conspirator 3 is described in the indictment as "an attorney whose unfounded claims of election fraud the Defendant privately acknowledged to others sounded 'crazy'" a line that People reports is reminiscent of earlier reporting that attorney Sidney Powell was seen as "crazy" by those in Trump’s circle, including Trump himself.

"Nonetheless, [Trump] embraced and publicly amplified Co-Conspirator 3's disinformation," the indictment said.

According to NBC News, the indictment cited a lawsuit Powell filed against the governor of Georgia, "falsely alleging 'massive election fraud' accomplished through the voting machine company’s election software and hardware," which Trump had promoted on Twitter.

Co-Conspirator 4

Co-conspirator 4, described as "a Justice Department official who worked on civil matters and who, with the Defendant, attempted to use the Justice Department to open sham election crime investigations and influence state legislatures with knowingly false claims of election fraud," is believed by many to be former Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark.

The indictment said that Clark had unauthorized contacts with the White House and had pushed to send an official Justice Department letter claiming that investigators "identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States."

Co-Conspirator 5

Co-conspirator 5 is described as "an attorney who assisted in devising and attempting to implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding," which could be referencing attorney Kenneth Chesebro, who played a role in the plan to select an alternate slate of electors.

Chesebro, in a November 18, 2020 memo, argued to have Wisconsin choose its own slate of electors, and later other states, to submit their votes for Trump not by December 8, but on January 6.

Co-Conspirator 6

Co-conspirator 6 is described as "a political consultant who helped implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding," and is currently unclear who this could be referencing.

The person referenced is likely Trump’s 2020 campaign director of Election Day operations Michael Roman, who was described as a key player in the effort to put forth a list of alternate elections in swing states. 

There is also speculation this could be referencing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, who told Arizona lawmakers in an email to "stand strong in the face of political and media pressure" and "ensure that a clean slate of Electors is chosen."

Some have suggested though "that Thomas is only garnering attention because of the scandal that would ensue if she was revealed to be Co-Conspirator 6."

Other names being considered for the sixth co-conspirator are Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Roger Stone, as well as others.

In the indictment, Trump has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

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