Why is this indictment different from all other indictments?

The Fulton County charges aren't just Trump's latest legal threat — they might be his biggest challenge to date

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After more than a year of investigation, and months of telegraphing what, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable outcome, a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, on Monday night handed up a massive criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump and more than a dozen co-conspirators, alleging they engaged in a "criminal enterprise" to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election in Trump's favor. Over the course of the 98-page document, Trump and his co-conspirators are accused of racketeering, conspiracy to commit forgery, perjury, illegally breaching voting equipment and other charges, with the former president himself facing 13 felony counts related to his push to "unlawfully change the outcome of the election" which he'd lost.

The Georgia indictment completes what had widely been expected to be a quadrangle of criminal charges against the former president, alongside charges stemming from his alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, and broader election subversion in the wake of his 2020 loss. But the Georgia charges — bringing Trump's grand total to 91 — stand apart from their predecessors in terms of both scale and specificity, marking a "key departure from special counsel Jack Smith's charges against Trump for election subversion," according to CNN. So what makes this latest indictment so different from Trump's previous charges, and where could this all lead as we draw closer to the upcoming presidential election?

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