Former President Donald Trump said he will turn himself in to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, this Thursday after being charged with 13 counts for trying to change the results of the state’s presidential election.
His message came hours after his lawyers reached an agreement with the Fulton prosecutor, Fani Willis, to cover a bail of $200,000 dollars, in order to face the judicial process against him, which includes an accusation of organized crime. under the RICO Act, which applies to mob criminals and drug cartels.
“I will proudly be arrested tomorrow afternoon in Georgia,” Trump wrote Wednesday on his Truth Social account.
However, the former president previously indicated that he would be “incredibly” arrested by a prosecutor whom he described as “radical”, in reference to Willis.
“Can you believe it? I will be going to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a radical left district attorney, Fani Willis, who is overseeing one of the largest DISASTERS of murder and violent crime in American history,” Trump wrote on his platform.
For the fourth time, the president will be arrested, for which his data will be recorded and fingerprints will be taken, but this time he could be subjected to a photograph being taken, as part of the record of defendants in the county.
The former president faces accusations along with 18 other people that they would have helped him in the conspiracy to influence the electoral results of 2020.
One of the most compelling pieces of evidence against the Republican is the recording of the telephone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, responsible for the organization of the elections in the entity, to whom he would have asked to find more than 11,000 votes.
Last week, former President Trump intended to organize a press conference where he would allegedly provide evidence to dismiss the charges against him, but after advice from his lawyers, the Republican canceled the event.
“They asked me to gather them [esta pruebas] in formal legal files while we fight to dismiss this shameful accusation.”, he wrote on his social network.
Fulton County has implemented an intense surveillance plan to prevent any disturbances by supporters of Trump, who will be able to go free, but with strict rules, including the prohibition to discuss the case with other defendants and send intimidating messages to prosecutors.
Six other co-defendants have so far turned themselves in at the Fulton County Jail, including former Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer, who said he and other “fake voters” acted “at the direction of the incumbent president” as well. like other federal officials.
There are two other former Trump Administration officials who intend to take their cases to federal courts.
One is Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, who was one of Trump’s essential arms in defending his voter fraud theory.
Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, is also looking to change courts. He is accused of trying to use his federal law enforcement powers to overturn the 2020 election.
All the defendants have until this Friday to turn themselves in to the authorities; President Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also turned himself in this Thursday after reaching a $130,000 bail agreement.
The former president is hosting a September fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club to help Giauliani with his legal expenses.
On August 14, the accusations against former President Trump and his 18 accomplices were revealed, pointing to the co-conspirators as a kind of “criminal organization”, which allowed the application of the law of Corrupt and Influenced Organizations by Mafiosos (RICO) , a rule that is regularly applied to mafias and groups with links to cartels in the United States.
This law is known in Georgia as MAFRARO, since it allows the integration of several conspirators for crimes other than mafias and drug-related cases into one accusation.
“At all times relevant to this indictment, the defendants, as well as others not named as defendants, unlawfully conspired and endeavored to conduct and participate in a criminal enterprise in Fulton County, Georgia, and elsewhere,” it states. the charging document released by a Grand Jury.
Former President Trump faces 13 counts, while up to 30 people are named as participants in the conspiracy, although there are only 19 formally charged, starting the list with former President Trump and his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Also charged are John Charles Eastman, Mark Randall Meadows, Kenneth John Ci-Iesebro, Jeffrey Bossert, Jenna Lynn, Ray Stallings, Roberd David Cheely, Michael A. Roman, David James Shafer, Shawn Micah Tresi-Ier Still, Stephen Cliffgard Lee , Harrison William Prescott, Trvian C. Kutti, Sidney Katherine Powell, Cathleen Alston Latham, Scott Graham Hall, and Misty Hampton.
“[Constituyeron] a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in various related criminal activities including, but not limited to, false statements and writings, impersonation of a public official, forgery, false document production, witness influence, computer theft, computer trespassing , invasion of privacy on computers, conspiracy to defraud the state, acts of theft and perjury,” the court document states.
Source: La Opinion