Trump Surrenders at Atlanta Jail on Expenses He Tried to Overturn His 2020 Election Loss
This reserving picture supplied by Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace, exhibits former President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, after he surrendered and was booked on the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. Trump is accused by District Legal professional Fani Willis of scheming to subvert the need of Georgia voters in a determined bid to maintain Joe Biden out of the White Home. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace through AP)
By Eric Tucker, Kate Brumback and Jill Colvin
Trump was launched on $200,000 bond and headed again to the airport for his return flight dwelling to New Jersey, flashing a thumbs-up by means of the window of his sport utility car as his motorcade left. Unrepentant however subdued after the temporary jail go to, he once more insisted that he “did nothing mistaken” and referred to as the case accusing him of subverting election outcomes a “travesty of justice.”
“For those who problem an election, you must be capable of problem an election,” he advised reporters on the airport tarmac.
Trump’s give up to regulation enforcement authorities, the fourth time this 12 months, has by now turn into a well-recognized election-season routine in a manner that belies the unprecedented spectacle of a former president, and present candidate, being booked on felony fees. However his go to to Atlanta was notably totally different from the three previous surrenders, unfolding at night time and requiring him to go to a problem-plagued jail — somewhat than a courthouse.
And in contrast to in different cities that didn’t require him to pose for a mug shot, a reserving picture of him was taken. It depicts Trump, sporting a navy swimsuit and purple tie, angrily scowling on the digicam, his brows furrowed as he stares into the lens.
“This mugshot will perpetually go down in historical past as a logo of America’s defiance of tyranny,” stated a Trump marketing campaign fundraising electronic mail.
He additionally referred to as into conservative TV channel Newsmax to speak about what he stated had been “a really unhappy day for our nation,.”
Trump landed in Atlanta round 7 p.m. and was pushed to jail for the reserving course of. He provided a wave and thumbs-up as he descended the steps of his non-public aircraft.
He accomplished the method in a brisk 20 minutes, offering officers as is customary along with his bodily measurements: 6 foot 3 inches. 215 kilos. Blond or strawberry hair. And Trump, who for 4 years within the White Home reveled within the title of “Mr. President,” was given the inmate variety of P01135809.
Simply forward of his give up, Trump employed a brand new lead legal professional for the Georgia case.
Outstanding Atlanta felony protection legal professional Steve Sadow changed one other high-profile felony protection legal professional, Drew Findling, who had represented Trump as just lately as Monday when his bond phrases have been negotiated. However by Thursday Findling was now not a part of the workforce, in line with an individual with data of the change who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate the matter publicly.
Sadow stated in an announcement that “the president ought to by no means have been indicted. He’s harmless of all the fees introduced towards him.”
He didn’t spend a lot time there. His attorneys and prosecutors had already agreed to a $200,000 bond, plus situations that embrace barring the previous president from intimidating co-defendants, witnesses or victims within the case.
Charles Shaw, CEO of Foster Bail Bonds in metro Atlanta, stated his firm put up Trump’s $200,000 bond. Shaw stated Trump paid his firm 10% — or $20,000 — which is customary for bail bondsmen to cost. Shaw stated he doesn’t know Trump, however that Trump’s Atlanta protection attorneys have an in depth enterprise relationship along with his firm.
Not like in different jurisdictions, in Fulton County, arraignments — wherein a defendant seems in courtroom for the primary time — typically occur after a defendant surrenders on the jail and completes the reserving course of, not on the identical day.
Which means Trump could must make one other journey to Georgia within the coming weeks although the Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace has stated some arraignments within the case could occur just about if the choose permits. Or Trump’s arraignment could possibly be waived.
Tucker reported from Washington, Colvin from New York. Related Press writers Sudhin Thanawala, Jeff Amy and Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga. contributed to this report.
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