Top Trump allies fight Democratic-led indictments in multiple states

Top allies of Donald Trump are facing unprecedented indictments in at least five states as the former president fights off his own slate of four criminal cases in the heat of the 2024 election season.

On Friday, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Mike Roman, a former member of Trump’s campaign team, appeared virtually in Arizona court for a state case to enter “not guilty” pleas to nine felony counts, including conspiracy and forgery. Meadows and Roman were among 18 people an Arizona grand jury indicted in April, which alleges 11 state Republicans and seven Trump aides conspired to send alternate electors to Washington, D.C., to contest President Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the state.

Arizona Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes announced the indictment on April 24. Meanwhile, three other defendants in the Arizona case,
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