Donald Trump surrendered Thursday on the Fulton County jail on greater than a dozen expenses stemming from his efforts to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election outcomes, the fourth time this yr the previous president has confronted prison expenses.
Trump spent a little bit greater than 20 minutes on the Fulton County jail, the place he was processed and launched on bond. Jail information confirmed him at 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighing 215 kilos, with blue eyes and blond or strawberry hair. His reserving quantity was P01135809.
A mug shot of Trump was launched quickly after he left the jail.
Trump’s give up in Georgia marks the fourth time this yr the previous president has turned himself in to native or federal officers after prison expenses have been introduced towards him – episodes that had by no means been seen within the US earlier than 2023.
The scene of Trump touring to be arrested whereas denouncing the costs towards him as politically motivated repeated itself once more Thursday, however that also didn’t shake the exceptional and unprecedented scene of a former president – and the main GOP candidate for the White Home in 2024 – dealing with a prison indictment.
Trump referred to as being on the jail a “horrible” and “very unhappy” expertise in an interview later Thursday with Newsmax, including: “In my complete life I didn’t know something about indictments and now I’ve been indicted like 4 instances.”
In April, Trump was booked in New York on state expenses associated to a hush cash scheme. In June, he surrendered at a Miami federal courthouse to face expenses in particular counsel Jack Smith’s probe into the mishandling of categorized paperwork. And earlier this month, Trump was positioned underneath arrest in Washington, DC, and arraigned on expenses introduced by Smith in his investigation into makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
All of these circumstances might come to a head subsequent yr on the similar time that Trump is operating for president.
Listed below are the important thing developments in a historic day in Georgia:
Like most of his 18 co-defendants within the sprawling racketeering case who’ve already surrendered on the jail, Trump was shortly processed by the power will as a result of the previous president and his attorneys have already negotiated his consent bond settlement. Trump agreed to a $200,000 bond and different launch circumstances, together with not utilizing social media to focus on the co-defendants and witnesses within the case.
Trump lined the price of his $200,000 bond by placing 10% towards it and dealing with a neighborhood Atlanta bonding firm referred to as Foster Bail Bonds LLC, sources informed CNN.
Trump departed his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf membership for Georgia on Thursday afternoon, touching down in Atlanta on his personal aircraft a little bit after 7p.m. ET
Trump’s motorcade traveled to the Fulton County jail for his arrest. After spending roughly 20 minutes on the jail, Trump returned to the airport, the place he briefly spoke to reporters earlier than boarding his aircraft with out taking questions.
“What has taken place here’s a travesty of justice. We did nothing unsuitable. I did nothing unsuitable and all people is aware of it,” Trump stated. “I’ve by no means had such help and that goes with the opposite ones too. What they’re doing is election interference.”
Forward of his give up, Trump changed his prime Georgia lawyer, Drew Findling, with Steven Sadow, an Atlanta-based lawyer whose web site profile describes him as a “particular counsel for white collar and high-profile protection.”
A Trump supply indicated that this was not about Findling’s efficiency, whereas one other supply who’s accustomed to Sadow referred to as him the “greatest prison protection lawyer in Georgia.”
Sadow met Trump on the airport in Atlanta and accompanied him to the Fulton County jail.
Earlier Thursday, Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis requested an October 23 trial date within the election subversion case she’s introduced towards Trump and 18 of his allies.
Whereas it’s too quickly to say whether or not that date is feasible – and even believable – if it occurred it might be the primary of Trump’s 4 prison trials.
Trump’s attorneys informed the choose in Georgia on Thursday that they oppose Willis’ proposed trial date. In addition they will try to separate his Georgia case from co-defendant Ken Chesebro, who’s making an attempt to hurry up the proceedings and whose request spurred Willis’ steered trial date.
Willis’ proposed timeline would put the proceedings on hyper-speed. She informed reporters final week when the indictment was returned that she would search a trial that might start inside six months.
Authorized consultants on the time stated that timeline was not believable, particularly as Willis has additionally indicated she’d wish to strive the 19 defendants all collectively. Attorneys for Trump and his co-defendants have previewed the probability of pre-trial disputes that can drag the proceedings out. Already three defendants are looking for to maneuver the case to federal court docket, and the previous president is anticipated to launch an analogous bid of his personal.
One other sprawling anti-racketeering case introduced by Willis means that such a timeline is unrealistic. The case, alleging that Jeffrey Williams, the rapper Younger Thug, and several other of his associates violated Georgia’s RICO regulation – the important thing cost within the Trump case – has moved slowly to trial, regardless of a transfer by Williams to say his proper to speedy trial.
Willis has requested for the 19 defendants to be arraigned subsequent month.
Former WH chief of employees and DOJ official give up
Two of the defendants, former White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows and former Justice Division official Jeffrey Clark, had their bids to dam their pending arrests rejected by a federal court docket on Wednesday.
Each Meadows and Clark reached $100,000 bond agreements with prosecutors on Thursday. Meadows surrendered and was launched on bond.
Additionally on Thursday, Trevian Kutti, who was charged within the Georgia case in reference to the intimidation of an Atlanta election employee, reached a $75,000 bond settlement with prosecutors forward of her give up.
The opposite phrases of the deal say she can not “intimidate any individual identified to her to be a co-defendant or witness” within the case, which is especially related, given her expenses. She can also be banned from posting on social media concerning the case, together with however not restricted to posts on Instagram.
Harrison Floyd, a pacesetter of the group Black Voices for Trump, additionally surrendered to the Fulton County jail, in line with jail information. He didn’t attain a bond settlement forward of time and was “in custody” on the jail, in line with the Fulton County sheriff’s assertion, till he appeared earlier than a choose, which was anticipated inside 24 hours.
Meadows has a listening to Monday on his try to maneuver the Fulton County prosecution towards him to federal court docket that’s shaping as much as be a significant take a look at for Willis.
On Thursday, the Fulton County district lawyer’s workplace subpoenaed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Frances Watson, who served as chief investigator for the secretary of state through the 2020 election, to testify.
The subpoena is one in every of a number of indications that Fulton County prosecutors plan to make Trump’s January 2021 name – by which Trump urged Raffensperger to “discover” the votes that might reverse his electoral loss within the state – a spotlight of a Monday morning court docket listening to on Meadows’ efforts to get the district lawyer’s expenses thrown out.
Meadows was on the decision and now faces expenses within the Georgia election subversion case, partly, due to his participation in it.
A federal choose scheduled a September 18 listening to on Clark’s request that the Fulton County election subversion case towards him be moved to federal court docket.
Trump falsely claimed victory after the 2020 election, after which tried to overturn the ends in Georgia and different states.
In a collection of telephone calls, he pressured Georgia election officers to assist his efforts, together with Raffensperger. The previous president’s marketing campaign filed meritless lawsuits that attempted to nullify the ends in Georgia and tried to persuade state legislators there to toss Joe Biden’s authentic electoral votes and change them with GOP electors.
Within the indictment handed up final week, Willis charged Trump with 13 counts, together with racketeering, conspiracy expenses and soliciting a public official to violate their oath of workplace.
The racketeering cost within the Georgia case, which Willis introduced towards all 19 defendants, accuses them of being a part of a broad “prison enterprise” that tried to overturn the 2020 election outcome within the Peach State.
When that plan didn’t work, his marketing campaign tried to place ahead a slate of pretend, pro-Trump electors. And Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to acknowledge these illegitimate GOP electors whereas presiding over the Electoral Faculty certification in Congress on January 6, 2021.
This story has been up to date with further developments.