On Thursday evening, former President Donald Trump voluntarily surrendered himself at the Fulton County Jail, where he underwent the booking process for felony charges linked to his involvement in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Arriving at the jail just past 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Trump's entrance was marked by a motorcade resembling the style of a presidential procession. Within a matter of minutes, he underwent the booking process, including fingerprinting and having his photograph taken for a mug shot, as indicated by jail records. The records further show that Trump was promptly released, with his entire visit to the jail lasting around 20 minutes.
This marked Trump's fourth arrest since April, the booking process unfolded in a state that played a central role in his baseless allegations of a stolen election, despite facing significant opposition from the state's Republican governor and prominent election authorities. Notably, this state was one he had secured victory in during the 2016 elections.
Last week in Atlanta, Trump faced indictment on charges of state racketeering and conspiracy.
"I need to begin preparing for my trip to Atlanta, Georgia," where I am set to be arrested by District Attorney Fani Willis, a Radical Left representative, Trump, aged 77, remarked in a Thursday afternoon statement on his social media platform, Truth Social. In the same post, he also amplified the crime statistics in Atlanta.
Upon his arrival at the detention facility, Trump underwent the necessary procedures before being released, in accordance with the conditions outlined in a $200,000 bond agreement that his legal representatives had negotiated with District Attorney Willis' office earlier this week.
A specific date for his arraignment is yet to be disclosed.
Trump has consistently asserted his innocence and has leveled allegations against Willis, a Democratic figure, accusing her of engaging in "election interference" by pursuing charges against him, ostensibly due to his candidacy for the presidency once more.
Most of Trump's 18 co-defendants in the expansive case have already turned themselves in, a group that includes his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Meadows was processed on Thursday afternoon and subsequently released, abiding by the conditions specified in his $100,000 bond arrangement.
A trial date has not yet been scheduled. Initially, Willis suggested a trial commencing in March; however, on Thursday, she proposed that the trial commence on October 23, following a request for a speedy trial by one of the defendants, Kenneth Chesebro.
In response, Trump, who has expressed his belief that these four criminal trials, including this one, should be postponed until after the 2024 presidential election, submitted a motion opposing the request. He further stated his intention to submit another motion to separate his case from Chesebro and from any other co-defendant who presents a similar demand.
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