Former President Trump Arrested, Released In Election Interference Case

Former President Donald Trump turned himself in at the Fulton County Jail on Thursday night to be booked on felony charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.

Trump arrived at the jail in a presidential-style motorcade and underwent the booking process, which included fingerprinting and a mugshot.

Before heading to the jail, Trump voiced his opposition to the charges, stating, “What has taken place here is a travesty of justice. We did nothing wrong at all, and we have every single right to challenge an election we think is dishonest.”

Trump had left his summer home in Bedminster, New Jersey, to fly to Atlanta, where he was indicted earlier this month on racketeering and conspiracy charges. He arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where he gave a thumbs-up to cameras.

At the jail, Trump was processed and released under the terms of a $200,000 bond agreement that his attorneys negotiated with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. The booking records listed his height as 6’3″ and weight as 215 lbs.

A date for Trump’s arraignment has not yet been announced. Trump has consistently maintained his innocence and accused the district attorney, Fani Willis, of election interference, particularly since he is considering running for president again in 2024.

Most of Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the case had already surrendered before the deadline set by Willis. Trump replaced one of his lawyers with attorney Steven Sadow before his visit to the jail. Sadow expressed confidence in Trump’s innocence and looked forward to the case being dismissed or, if necessary, to an unbiased jury finding the former president not guilty.

The trial date has yet to be set, but Willis initially proposed March. However, after one of the defendants requested a speedy trial, Willis recommended a trial start date of October 23. Trump opposed the request and indicated that he would file a motion to sever his case from any co-defendant who requested a speedy trial. The judge signed off on the trial date but specified that it did not apply to co-defendants at this time.

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