Former President Donald Trump booked, released in GA election case

Posted at 8:19 PM, August 24, 2023 and last updated 1:09 AM, August 29, 2023

By Joshua Panas

ATLANTA (Scripps News) — Former President Donald Trump was booked in the Fulton County Jail on Thursday, more than a week after he was indicted for a scheme to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.

Bookiing photo of Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump surrendered and was booked on charges he allegedly attempted to overthrow the 2020 election. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

The booking process for Trump only took minutes. He was reportedly fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken before being released on a $200,000 bond.

Trump arrived in Atlanta Thursday evening after a short flight from New Jersey, where he has a home. Upon arriving, Trump was driven to the Fulton County Jail for processing.

The former president is the 12th defendant in the case to have now turned himself in.

All of the defendants face at least one count of violating the state’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Any of the defendants found guilty on that count would be subject to a minimum prison sentence of five years.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows turned himself in earlier Thursday.

Other notable co-defendants who have turned themselves in this week include Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and Sidney Powell.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested that the trial for all 19 defendants begin on Oct. 23.

Trump’s legal team has opposed that date. The judge overseeing the case will make the final scheduling decision.

The former president is navigating four different criminal cases. He was first indicted this year in New York in a hush-money payments scheme. That indictment was followed by federal charges in the classified documents case. Special Counsel Jack Smith also charged Trump with leading a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

He has maintained his innocence in all of the cases, claiming it’s all part of an “witch hunt” and an attempt to interfere with the upcoming presidential election.

Trump is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president. Polls show him neck-and-neck with President Joe Biden in a potential general election rematch.

This story was originally published on August 23, 2023, by Scripps News, an E.W. Scripps Company.