Former President Donald Trump is expected to turn himself in at the Fulton County Jail, along with the 18 other co-defendants Monday in the 2020 Georgia election subversion case, the Georgia Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday in a statement quoted by various media outlets in the United States,
Trump, who was indicted on 13 counts, including racketeering, has not publicly indicated when it intends to deliver before the August 25 deadline imposed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Statement addressed the key question of where the former president would be arrested and prosecuted as a criminal defendant.
“At this point, based on guidance received from the district attorney’s office and the presiding judge, it is expected that the 19 defendants named in the indictment will be booked into the Rice Street Jail,” the statement said.
“Keep in mind that the defendants can turn themselves in at any time. The jail is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” the press release reads. “Furthermore, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, some circumstances can change with little or no warning.”
Most defendants charged in Fulton County are generally booked in the Fulton County Jail. Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat previously suggested that he wants to treat the defendants charged in the Trump election subversion case the same way any other defendant would be treated.
“Unless someone tells me otherwise, we will follow normal practices. No matter your state, we’ll have mugshots ready for you,” Labat said earlier this month referring to Donald Trump.
The sheriff will now have to negotiate with the Secret Service and Trump’s lawyers over the logistics of Trump’s surrender.
Defendants who are not arrested immediately upon indictment, as has been the case with Trump and his associates in Georgia, because they typically negotiate bail, if any, as well as other release terms with the district attorney’s office.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former lawyer who is also charged in the case, said Tuesday on WABC radio that he would choose a day next week to turn himself in to the authorities and added: “I imagine there has to be a bail. It’s kind of silly for me to have a bond, I mean I showed up there voluntarily and testified.”
The 41-count indictment unsealed Monday night features a sweeping investigation led by Willis into some of the efforts by Trump allies to meddle in the 2020 presidential election.
He accuses the former president of being the head of a “criminal enterprise” that was part of a broad conspiracy to overturn his electoral defeat in Georgia.
The charges in the indictment include: False statements and solicitation of state legislatures; false statements and requests from high-ranking state officials; the creation and distribution of false Electoral College documents; harassment of poll workers; the request to officials of the Department of Justice; the request to then Vice President Mike Pence; the illegitimate breach of electoral equipment and acts of obstruction.
Former Trump lawyers John Eastman and Giuliani, as well as former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, are among those charged. The indictment also included an additional 30 unindicted co-conspirators in addition to the co-defendants.
Trump now faces 91 counts in four separate indictments as he runs for president in 2024. The former president denies any wrongdoing and has criticized the cases as politically motivated.
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Source: La Opinion