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Trump confirms he will turn himself in to Fulton County jail on Thursday, where mugshot will likely be taken

 August 22, 2023

Former President Donald Trump has announced his intent to turn himself into the Fulton County jail in Atlanta this Thursday, as the Daily Mail reports.

In a recent social media post, Trump expressed disbelief, saying, "In my case, the trip to Atlanta is not for 'Murder,' but for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL!" He reiterated his claim that these charges are aimed at undermining his 2024 campaign aspirations.

Additionally, Trump accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of using this situation as a fundraising opportunity for her campaign.

"She campaigned, and is continuing to campaign and raise money on, this WITCH HUNT,'" he stated,

He added, "This is in strict coordination with Crooked Joe Biden's DOJ. It is all about ELECTION INTERFERENCE!"

Proceedings to Follow GOP Primary Debate

Trump's formal booking is scheduled for the day after the Republican primary debate -- a event he has confirmed he will skip. Charges were leveled against Trump and 18 others on August 14 over purported attempts to overturn Georgia's 2020 presidential election results. The deadline to turn themselves in for booking was Friday at noon.

The bail for the 77-year-old former president has been set at $200,000. Furthermore, he has been directed not to disseminate menacing messages on social platforms.

Enhanced security measures are visible around the jail, and Trump's legal representatives have been seen visiting Willis' office. Fulton County authorities have clarified that Trump should anticipate standard protocols.

Concerns Surrounding Jail Conditions and Upcoming Trials

The jail, notorious for its grim conditions, is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice after a series of unsettling incidents. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan stated last month, "The recent allegations of filthy housing teeming with insects, rampant violence resulting in death and injuries, and officers using excessive force are cause for grave concern and warrant a thorough investigation."

Other defendants in this far-reaching case will likely discuss their release conditions and bail terms prior to their booking. It might be some time before they make their formal pleas in court.

Trump's bond specifics were among the initial few to be disclosed. According to the consent bond order from the Fulton County Superior Court, Trump is advised against intimidating known co-defendants, witnesses or obstructing justice in any form, including social media postings.

Trump, maintaining his stance, refuted any wrongdoing. Earlier this week, he took to his Truth Social platform to criticize Gov. Brian Kemp for not taking action against Willis. He has consistently criticized the authorities handling his case, calling out the "biased and unfair" judiciary and pinpointing specific witnesses.

In related news, John Eastman, the attorney implicated in the supposed elector scheme of the former president, settled on a $100,000 bond, while Scott Graham Hall, a local bail bondsman, agreed on a $10,000 bond after allegations of misappropriating voting details.

Charges and the Path Forward

This recent indictment marks the fourth against Trump since last April. The extensive 98-page indictment document contains information about a phone call Trump made to Georgia's secretary of state, as well as accusations of intimidation towards an election worker with baseless fraud claims.

One of the most significant allegations in the document revolves around a supposed strategy to access and steal voting machine data.

Announcing the charges, Willis remarked, "The indictment alleges that, rather than abide by Georgia's legal process for election challenges, the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia's presidential election result."

Willis is advocating for a swift trial process, proposing a start date of March 4.