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Former President Donald Trump booked, released in GA election case

Trump was only in the Fulton County Jail for minutes before being released on a $200,000 bond.
Posted at 8:10 AM, Aug 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-25 04:04:48-04

Former President Donald Trump was booked in the Fulton County Jail on Thursday, more than a week after he was indicted for a scheme to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.

The booking process for Trump only took minutes. He was reportedly fingerprinted, and also had his mug shot taken before being released on a $200,000 bond. 

Trump's mugshot was released soon after to the public. 

Trump arrived in Atlanta Thursday evening after a short flight from New Jersey, where he has a home. Upon arriving, Trump was driven to the Fulton County Jail for processing.

The former president is the 12th defendant in the case to have now turned himself in.

All of the defendants face at least one count of violating the state's Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Any of the defendants found guilty on that count would be subject to a minimum prison sentence of five years. 

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows turned himself in earlier Thursday.

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Other notable co-defendants who have turned themselves in this week include Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and Sidney Powell.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested that the trial for all 19 defendants begin on Oct. 23.

Trump's legal team has opposed that date. The judge overseeing the case will make the final scheduling decision. 

The former president is navigating four different criminal cases. He was first indicted this year in New York in a hush-money payments scheme. That indictment was followed by federal charges in the classified documents case. Special Counsel Jack Smith also charged Trump with leading a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

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He has maintained his innocence in all of the cases, claiming it’s all part of a “witch hunt” and an attempt to interfere with the upcoming presidential election. 

"We did nothing wrong," Trump said as he left Atlanta. "I did nothing wrong and everybody knows it."

Trump is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president. Polls show him neck-and-neck with President Joe Biden in a potential general election rematch. 

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