Donald Trump surrenders in Atlanta in fourth criminal case filed against former president this year | CNN Politics (2023)


Donald Trumpsurrendered to Fulton County Jail on Thursday on more than a dozen charges stemming from his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results, the former president's fourth time this year to face criminal charges.

Trump spent just over 20 minutes in the Fulton County Jail, where he was processed and released on bail. Jail records showed he was six feet tall and weighed 215 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde or strawberry hair. His booking number was P01135809.

Shortly after he left prison, a police photo of Trump was released.

Trump's surrender in Georgia marks the fourth time this year the former president has turned himself in to local or federal officials after criminal charges were brought against him — events never seen in the US before 2023.

The scene of Trump traveling to be arrested while denouncing the allegations against him as politically motivated was repeated again Thursday, but that still failed to shake the remarkable and unprecedented scene of a former president — ​​and the leading Republican nominee for the White House in 2024. – facing criminal charges.

Trump called being in jail a "terrible" and "very sad" experience in an interview later Thursday with Newsmax, adding: "In my whole life I knew nothing about charges and now I've been incarcerated four times. sued. ”

In April, Trump was arrested in New York on state charges related to a hush money scheme. In June, he surrendered at a federal courthouse in Miami to face charges in Special Counsel Jack Smith's investigation into mishandling classified documents. And earlier this month, Trump was arrested in Washington, DC, and charged on charges brought by Smith in his investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

All of these things could come to a head next year, at the same time Trump is running for president.

Here are the main developments in a historic day in Georgia:

Trump has released $200,000 bail

Like most of his 18 co-defendants in thesprawling extortion casewho have already surrendered in jail, Trump was quickly processed through the will, as the former president and his lawyers have already negotiated his consent agreement. Trump agreeda $200,000 bondand other release conditions, including not using social media to attack the co-defendants and witnesses in the case.

Trump covered the cost of his $200,000 bond by putting 10% into it and partnering with a local Atlanta bond company called Foster Bail Bonds LLC, sources told CNN.

Trump departed his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for Georgia on Thursday afternoon, landing in Atlanta on his private jet a little after 7 p.m. AND

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Trump's motorcade traveled to the Fulton County Jail for his arrest. After spending about 20 minutes in jail, Trump returned to the airport, where he briefly spoke to reporters before boarding his plane without question.

“What has taken place here is a mockery of justice. We haven't done anything wrong. I did nothing wrong and everyone knows it," Trump said. “I have never had so much support and the same goes for the others. What they are doing is election interference.”

Replaces lawyer from Georgia

Prior to his surrender, Trumpreplaced his top attorney in Georgia, Drew Findling, with Steven Sadow, an Atlanta attorney, whose website profile describes him as a "special counsel for white collar and high-profile defense."

A Trump source indicated it wasn't about Findling's performance, while another source familiar to Sadow called him the "best criminal defense attorney in Georgia."

Sadow met Trump at the Atlanta airport and accompanied him to the Fulton County Jail.

The prosecutor is asking for a trial date of October 23

Earlier Thursday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested an Oct. 23 trial date in the election subversion case she filed against Trump and 18 of his allies.

While it's too early to say if that date is possible — or even plausible — if it did, it would mark the first of Trump's four criminal trials.

Trump's lawyers told a Georgia judge on Thursday that they are against the proposed date of Willis' trial. They will also try to separate his Georgia case from co-defendant Ken Chesebro, who is trying to expedite proceedings and whose request has pushed Willis' proposed trial date.

The timeline proposed by Willis would bring the proceedings to hyperspeed. When the charges were filed, she told reporters last week that she would seek a trial that would begin within six months.

Former President Donald Trump steps off his plane as he arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, August 24, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Alex Brandon/AP Trump surrenders to Georgia election subversion case

Legal experts at the time said that timeline was not plausible, especially since Willis has also indicated she wants to try the 19 defendants all together. Attorneys for Trump and his co-defendants have anticipated the likelihood of pre-trial disputes that will delay proceedings. Three defendants are already seeking to move the case to federal court, and the former president is expected to make a similar offer himself.

Another extensive anti-racketeering lawsuit filed by Willis suggests such a timeline is unrealistic. The case, alleging that Jeffrey Williams, the rapper Young Thug and several of his associates violated Georgia's RICO law — the main charge in the Trump case — has moved slowly to trial despite an attempt by Williams to to assert his right to a speedy trial.

Willis has asked that the 19 defendants be arraigned next month.

Former Chief of Staff of WH and official DOJ surrender

Two of the defendants, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, have had their bids to block their impending arrests rejected by a federal court Wednesday.

Both Meadows and Clark reached a $100,000 bond deal with prosecutors on Thursday. Meadows surrendered and was released on bail. Clark turned himself in around 1 a.m. Friday, according to inmate records.

Also on Thursday, Trevian Kutti, who was charged in the Georgia case in connection with the harassment of an Atlanta election worker, reached a $75,000 bond agreement with prosecutors ahead of her surrender.

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File Sally Yates: Voters 'have a right' to hear evidence against Trump before election

The remaining terms of the deal state that she "cannot intimidate any person known to her as a co-defendant or witness" in the case, which is particularly pertinent given her allegations. She is also prohibited from posting on social media about the case, including but not limited to posts on Instagram.

Harrison Floyd, a leader of the Black Voices for Trump organization, also surrendered to the Fulton County Jail, according to prison records. He failed to reach a bond deal in advance and was "in custody" in jail, according to the Fulton County Sheriff's statement, until he appeared in court, which was expected within 24 hours.

Georgia Senator Shawn Still, who acted as a fake voter in 2020, also surrendered in jail, according to county inmate records. After the indictment was announced, Still's attorney Tom Bever said, "The evidence at trial will show that Senator Still is innocent as the day goes on" and that "we look forward to our day in court to clear his good name."

Trump 2020 campaign official Mike Roman turned himself in early Friday morning, according to county inmate records. Misty Hampton, a former election supervisor in Coffee County, Georgia, also turned herself in to the Fulton County Jail.

Pro-Trump attorney Robert Cheeley also turned himself in early Friday, according to the inmates' records. He has been charged with 10 state crimes, including violating Georgia's anti-extortion law, perjury and soliciting a government official to violate their oath.

Raffensperger was subpoenaed for a major hearing on Monday

Meadows has a hearing Monday on his attempt to bring Fulton County prosecutors against him in federal court in what will be a major test for Willis.

On Thursday, the Fulton County District Attorney subpoenaed the Georgia Secretary of StateBrad Raffenspergerand Frances Watson, who served as the Secretary of State's chief investigator during the 2020 election, to testify.

The subpoena is one of many indications that Fulton County prosecutors plan to overturn Trump's January 2021 appeal — in which Trump urged Raffensperger to "find" the votes that would reverse his electoral loss in the state — the subject of a Monday morning hearing in Meadows. attempts to get the prosecutor's charges dismissed.

Meadows was on the call and is now facing charges of subversion of the Georgia election, in part for his participation in it.

A federal judge scheduled a hearing on Sept. 18 on Clark's request to move the Fulton County election subversion case against him to federal court.

Trump indicted on 13 counts in Georgia

Trumpfalsely claimed victoryafter the 2020 elections, and beyondtried to throwthe results in Georgia and other states.

Jim Jordan and Fani Willis Getty Images House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis

In a series of calls, he pressured election officials in Georgia to help him, including Raffensperger.The former president's campaign was filedworthless lawsuitswho tried to nullify the results in Georgia and convince state legislators there to squander Joe Biden's legitimate electoral votes andto replacethem with GOP voters.

In the indictment filed last week, Willis charged Trump with 13 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy charges and soliciting a government official to violate their oath of office.

The racketeering charge in the Georgia case, which Willis brought against all 19 defendants, accuses them of being part of a broad "criminal enterprise" that sought to overturn the 2020 election results in the Peach state.

When that plan didn't work, his campaign tried to field a series of bogus, pro-Trump voters. And Trumpput under pressureThen-Vice President Mike Pence will recognize these illegitimate GOP voters as he presides over the Electoral College's certification in Congress on January 6, 2021.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

CNN's Holmes Lybrand, Devon Sayers, Hannah Rabinowitz, Zachary Cohen, Sara Murray, Katelyn Polantz, Katherine Sullivan, and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.


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