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Trump was expected to be booked in the Fulton County jail, sheriff says

Trump expected to surrender at the Fulton County Jail

Trump expected to surrender at the Fulton County Jail


Atlanta (CNN) — Former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender at the Fulton County Jail, the local sheriff said in a statement Tuesday, along with the other 18 co-defendants charged Monday in the Georgia 2020 election subversion case.

Trump, who was charged with 13 charges, including racketeering, has not publicly stated when he plans to surrender before the Aug. 25 deadline set by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The statement from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office addressed the central question of where the former president would be arrested and charged as a criminal defendant.

Fulton County Prison
FILE — The Fulton County Jail is seen on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Atlanta. Former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Northwest Atlanta jail, according to a statement from Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat.

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“At this time, based on directives from the District Attorney’s Office and the Presiding Judge, all 19 defendants named in the indictment are expected to be booked into Rice Street Jail,” the statement said.

“Please note that defendants can turn themselves in at any time. The prison is open 24/7,” the press release states. “Also, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, some circumstances may change with little or no warning.”

Most of the defendants charged in Fulton County are typically 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 the same way as any other defendant.

“Unless someone tells me otherwise, we are following normal practices. No matter what your status is, we will have police photos ready for you,” Labat told CNN earlier this month.

The sheriff will now have to negotiate with the Secret Service and Trump’s lawyers about the logistics of Trump’s surrender. Defendants who are not arrested immediately after indictment — as was the case for Trump and his associates — usually negotiate bail, if any, as well as other terms of release with the district attorney’s office.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former attorney who is also being charged in the case, said on WABC talk radio on Tuesday that he would pick a day next week to surrender to authorities, adding: “There has to be bail, I think. to have bail, I mean I showed up there voluntarily and testified.”

The 41-count indictment unsealed Monday night lays out a sweeping investigation led by Willis into some of Trump’s allies’ most blatant attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. of a “criminal enterprise” that was part of a broad conspiracy to undo his electoral defeat in Georgia.

Charges in the indictment include: False statements to and solicitations of state legislators; false statements to and requests from senior government officials; creating and distributing false Electoral College documents; the intimidation of election workers; the request of Justice Department officials; the request of then Vice President Mike Pence; the unlawful intrusion into electoral equipment; and obstacles.

Former Trump attorneys John Eastman and Giuliani, as well as former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, are among the defendants. The indictment included 30 unindicted co-conspirators in addition to the indicted defendants.

Trump now faces 91 charges in four separate charges as he runs for president in 2024. He denies any wrongdoing and has dismissed the cases as politically motivated.

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