President Donald Trump intends to turn himself in to Fulton County prosecutors on Thursday, where his bail has been set at $200,000. Trump will be fingerprinted and the public could see a Trump mugshot for the first time during the indictment rollercoaster that has both plagued and bolstered his presidential campaign.
No president, either sitting or former, has been arrested and tried for a crime. The indictment from Fulton County DA Fani Willis marks Trump's fourth indictment.
"Can you believe it?" Trump posted on Truth Social. "I'll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a Radical Left District Attorney, Fani Willis, who is overseeing one of the greatest Murder and Violent Crime DISASTERS in American History.
"In my case," he continued, "the trip to Atlanta is not for 'Murder,' but for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL! She campaigned, and is continuing to campaign, and rase money on, this WITCH HUNT. This is in strict coordination with Crooked Joe Biden's DOJ. It is all about ELECTION INTERFERENCE!" He said.
Trump has been ordered to keep quiet on social media about the case. An order from Judge Scott McAfee reads:
"The Defendant shall perform no act to intimidate any person known to him or her to be a codefendant or witness in this case or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice. This shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
"The Defendant shall make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against any codefendant;
"The Defendant shall make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against any witness including, but not limited to, the individuals designated in the Indictment as an unindicated co-conspirators Individual 1 through Individual 30;
"The Defendant shall make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against any victim;
"The Defendant shall make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against the community or to any property in the community;
"The above shall include, but are not limited to, posts on social media or posted made by another individual on social media;
"The Defendant shall not communicate in any way, directly or indirectly, about the fats of this case with any person know to him to be a witness in this case except through his or her counsel."
The first GOP primary debate, hosted by Fox and the RNC, will take place on Wednesday. Trump has already said that he will not be participating on the Milwaukee stage as his poll numbers make him far and away the favorite to win the 2024 primaries and secure the nomination.
If nominated, Trump is set to face off against President Joe Biden in a rematch of the 2020 election. This round, however, will be accompanied by court dates for the former president in Washington, DC and Florida, where he faces federal charges brought by DOJ special counsel Jack Smith, as well as in Georgia and New York, where he faces charges brought by local DAs intent on securing a Trump scalp.
The Georgia case finds Trump being tried alongside 18 other defendants, his associates and lawyers, who pursued recounts and asked questions in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Biden won the state by 11,780 votes out of a population of 10 million.
Many watching the election claimed that shenanigans were afoot, and Trump's attorneys pursued every legal avenue available to ascertain accurate election results. Georgia's perennial gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams contended that she had not lost an election to Governor Brian Kemp, and kept saying that for years after the loss without any local blowback from the DAs office.
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