Former President Donald Trump surrendered himself at the Fulton County jail on Thursday. This surrender is related to 13 felony charges that have been brought against him in connection with an alleged plot to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia.
This marks the fourth time this year that Trump has turned himself in following criminal charges filed against him by federal and state officials. However, this is the first instance where he was subjected to a mug shot. Shortly after his departure from Atlanta, his Save America PAC sent out a fundraising email featuring his mug shot on a t-shirt.
Trump and his co-defendants are accused of a broad conspiracy to overturn the election results. The allegations include making false statements to state legislatures and officials, creating counterfeit Electoral College documents, recruiting supporters to cast fraudulent votes, harassing a Fulton County election worker, and improperly soliciting senior Justice Department officials and then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The charges against Trump include violation of Georgia’s racketeering law, making false statements and writings, and conspiring to commit forgery. The alleged plot involved replacing duly elected presidential electors with new ones who would vote for him.
The booking process was swift, taking about 30 minutes, as Trump’s attorneys and prosecutors had agreed earlier to a $200,000 bond. As part of the agreement, Trump is prohibited from intimidating his co-defendants, witnesses, or alleged victims in the case, including on social media platforms.
Before leaving for New Jersey, Trump maintained his innocence, stating that he and his co-defendants “did nothing wrong.” He also expressed his belief in the right to challenge an election, referring to the election as rigged and stolen.
Trump did not appear in court on Thursday to enter a plea as the booking and arraignment processes are separate in Fulton County. It remains unclear when Trump will be arraigned. District Attorney Fani Willis has proposed the week of Sept. 5 for the arraignment of Trump and his 18 co-defendants, but the judge has yet to approve this request.
In addition to these charges, Trump is also facing two federal cases related to his handling of sensitive government records and alleged attempts to stop the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election. Furthermore, he faces 34 state felony charges in New York related to an alleged scheme to use “hush-money” payments to conceal damaging information before the 2016 presidential election. Trump has pleaded not guilty in all three earlier cases, which he claims are politically motivated.