Donald Trump's legal troubles have already thrust the United States into uncharted territory, but the latest charges from special counsel Jack Smith are in a different league.
While two previous indictments focused on hush money payments to a porn star and hiding secret government documents, this one lays out a complex plot with half a dozen conspirators to effectively overthrow an elected government.
Adding even more weight to the case is the fact that the 77-year-old real estate tycoon is seeking to recapture the White House and holds a commanding lead in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
"The indictments of Trump are truly historic in the sense that no US president or former president before Trump has been indicted, much less charged with spreading lies regarding an election," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.
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