“Can you believe it? I’m going to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday to be arrested,” Trump wrote on his private media platform TruthSocial a few days ago.
The former president will appear on Thursday at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he will be formally brought before 13 counts, suspected of trying to influence the results of elections in the state in 2020 through extortion, among other things. He will almost certainly plead “not guilty”.
Trump replaced his chief attorney before his deposition on Thursday. Prominent defense attorney Steve Sadow presented in court Thursday morning, local time, as Trump’s new attorney in the case.
This is not the first time Trump has changed lawyers prior to the indictment or shortly thereafter. Tim Parlatore, one of his top defense attorneys, resigned just weeks before Trump was charged in Florida for storing classified and sensitive government documents at his residence in Mar-a-Lago.
Find the votes?
The indictment relates to, among other things, a phone call with Georgia election official Brad Ravensburgh. On the call, Trump asked the Republican to “find 11,780 votes” – the number needed for Trump to defeat Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia.
It also has to do with the fact that Trump and his allies regarding the election spread false rumors about election fraud and urged officials and politicians to nullify Biden’s victory.
He is also suspected of planning to send bogus electors, the people who officially vote for the winner of a state election, to Atlanta.
This is the fourth time since March that the former president has been charged. In total, he is suspected of committing 91 crimes.
Meanwhile, Trump is leading the fight to become the Republican nominee for the presidential elections next year. He currently enjoys more than 50% of the support of Republican voters, which is far more than other presidential hopefuls.
The surrender to the Georgia court comes amid heightened security and just hours after the first televised GOP debate, an event in which Trump declined to mention his lead in the poll. But in doing so, he also avoided direct questions about the legal process.
Trial in Georgia is special because it takes place at the state level, rather than at the federal level. This means that Trump, if convicted and subsequently becomes president, will certainly not be able to pardon himself. Presidential pardons apply only to federal crimes.
The bail amount was set in Georgia on Monday at $200,000, the equivalent of about 2.2 million crowns.
Under the bail agreement, Trump is prohibited from, among other things, threatening other defendants, witnesses or victims in the case, directly or indirectly, including on social media. The Georgia indictment includes 19 people, including Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former chief of staff Mark Meadows.
No special treatment
In previous court appearances, Trump did not have to wear handcuffs or take a selfie (the so-called mug photo), which is routine in the United States. But in Georgia, police said Trump would not be treated differently from other criminal defendants.
– If no one says otherwise, we just follow our normal routine, no matter what your condition is. We’re going to be ready for a ‘mug shot,'” local mayor Patrick Labatt said earlier in August, according to the Associated Press.
In previous trials, Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Four major criminal charges have been brought against former President Donald Trump. In addition, a number of civil and financial disputes are ongoing.
Donald Trump was indicted in early August for attempting to overturn the results of the presidential election. The federal indictment is the heaviest of the ongoing legal proceedings, the four counts related to the January 2021 storming of the Capitol. The investigation is being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has suggested the trial begin January 2.
Trump was indicted last June on 37 counts primarily related to the former president’s handling of classified and sensitive government documents that were stored at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, after his time in the White House. This investigation is also federal and is being led by Jack Smith. The trial is scheduled for May next year, just six months before the presidential election in which Trump wants to run.
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The indictment, which was filed in March, includes 34 counts against Donald Trump, who is accused of, among other things, ordering payments to people who threatened to release sensitive information about him in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign. The trial in the state case is scheduled for March 2024. .
The indictment covers 19 people, including Donald Trump, and relates to attempts to overturn the election results in Georgia through, among other things, spreading rumors and bogus voters. And in the center is a phone call Trump made to state election commissioner Brad Raffensperger, in which the then-president told him to “find the 11,780 votes” needed to defeat Joe Biden there.
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