Trump has announced that he will turn himself in on Thursday to face charges in Georgia.
Donald Trump has revealed that he will surrender himself to police in Georgia on Thursday to face charges of racketeering and other offenses related to his bid to overturn the 2020 election.
On Monday, Trump wrote on his platform Truth Social that he would be “addressed by Fani Willis, the Georgia official who brought the fourth indictment against the former president this year, and to be ARRESTED.”
Trump was granted a $200,000 bond by the judge in the southern state’s racketeering case.
The landmark case’s 18 co-defendants, including Trump, must turn themselves in to authorities in Georgia before noon (1600 GMT) on Friday.
In his post, Trump stated that Willis and Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ are working closely together on election interference.
Trump’s approach is to claim that all the accusations against him are fabricated to hinder his bid for another term in the White House, given that he leads the Republican candidates by a significant margin.
Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court, a former Democratic lawmaker, agreed to several conditions in an agreement with prosecutors and Trump lawyers that included arranging for the Republican billionaire to pay $200,000 in bail.
McAfee stated in a three-page court document that the Defendant’s behavior would not involve any action to intimidate or interfere with the administration of justice, including those who are identified as codefendants or witnesses.
“The above-mentioned elements may encompass, but are not limited to, postings on social media or reposting posts made by someone else on such a platform,” the judge declared.
McAfee allocated $100,000 bonds to two co-defendants in the case, John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro, who were former Trump campaign lawyers.
The former president, 77, is charged with trying to overturn the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia for the 2021 election and has asked Judge Willis, who oversees Fulton County, to set a trial date of March 4 next year.
Four criminal trials have been pending against Trump as he seeks to secure his return to the White House.
Following a two-year investigation into his attempts to win back Biden’s election loss in the Peach State, Trump was indicted on charges of racketeering and several election offenses in Georgia.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal lawyer, and Mark Meadows, his White House chief of staff, are among those facing charges in the alleged conspiracy.
‘Fast and efficient legal proceedings’ –
The former president will be tried in Washington on separate charges of conspiring to alter the outcome of the 2020 election, and special counsel Jack Smith has requested a federal judge to set January 2, 2024.
Judge Tanya Chutkan was asked by Trump’s lawyers to set the trial date for April 2026, which is a significant delay from the next presidential election.
They claimed that the process of sorting through the massive amount of documents in the case would take several months.
In a court filing on Monday, Smith countered that Trump’s defense team exaggerates the difficulty of scrutinizing the evidence presented in the case.
“The proposed trial date of 2026 would prevent the public from obtaining a speedy verdict,” the special counsel warned.
Chutkan has scheduled a hearing for August 28 to determine the trial date.
In March 2024, Trump will face trial in New York for allegedly cheating campaign finance rules by paying a porn star with hush money.
Smith is set to stand trial in Florida next May for the same charges of mishandling top secret government documents that he took from the White House upon his departure from office.
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