Former President Trump turned himself in Thursday evening at the Fulton County jail in Atlanta, Georgia, after he was charged with 13 counts stemming from the state probe into his alleged efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
The court had set the former president’s bail at $200,000. He was processed quickly and then released.
Jail records stated Trump stands at 6 feet, 3 inches, and weighs 215 pounds. It also states he has blue eyes and “Blonde or Strawberry” hair.
His formal arraignment is scheduled to occur sometime early next month, where he is expected to plead not guilty.
The former president was required to take a mugshot. Others charged in Fani Willis, Fulton County District Attorney’s, probe including Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, and more, had their photos taken during processing as well.
“NOBODY HAS EVER FOUGHT FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY LIKE PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP,” posted Trump on Truth Social. “FOR DOING SO, I WILL PROUDLY BE ARRESTED…IN GEORGIA GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!”
Trump was charged with one count of filing false documents, one count of violating the Georgia RICO Act, three counts of criminal solicitation, two counts of making false statements, and six counts of criminal conspiracy.
The former president, along with over a dozen others, were charged out of the Fulton County probe, including his former attorneys Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Jeff Clark, and his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
On Thursday, Willis asked the Fulton County court to set a trial date for Trump and all 18 co-defendants in the case for October 23. The move was a response to a motion for a speedy trial from the defendant, Kenneth Chesebro.
The judge approved the trial rate of October 23, but only for Chesebro, as he was the only defendant who requested a speedy trial.
In the meantime, Trump retained Atlanta-based white-collar defense attorney Steven Sadow to represent him in the Fulton County case. Sadow is replacing Drew Findling, who had previously represented him in the matter. Findling is no longer representing the former president.
“I have been retained to represent President Trump in the Fulton County, Georgia case,” said Sadow in a statement. “The President should never have been indicted. He is innocent of all the charges brought against him.”
“We look forward to the case being dismissed or, if necessary, an unbiased, open-minded jury finding the President not guilty. Prosecutions intended to advance or serve the ambitions and careers of the President’s political opponents have no place in our justice system,” added Sadow.
The Georgia indictment was the fourth for Trump, the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. Trump was first charged in March of the years-long investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg related to alleged hush-money payments made to former porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bragg alleged Trump “repeatedly and fraudulently falsified New York business records to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 presidential election.”
He pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in New York.
Bragg’s charges came amid Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into former President Trump’s alleged improper retention of classified records from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
The former president pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges out of that probe. The charges include conspiracy to obstruct justice, willful retention of national defense information, and false statements.
On July 27, last month, Trump was charged with three additional counts as part of a superseding indictment out of Smith’s investigation — two other obstruction counts and an additional count of willful retention of national defense information.
Smith was also investigating whether Trump was involved in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot and any alleged interference in the 2020 election result.
August 1, Trump was indicted on four charges out of Smith’s January 6 probe.
Trump continues to declare innocence, claims he is the victim of “election interference”
The former president pleaded not guilty to all charges, including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy against rights, and obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding.
Trump continued to declare his innocence and claimed he was the victim of “election interference” after being arrested and booked in Georgia on the latest criminal charges.
“I did nothing wrong,” said Trump, who slammed the case as a “travesty of justice” shortly before boarding Trump Force One to depart Atlanta.
“This is their way of campaigning,” added Trump, digging in on the baseless claim that the 91 criminal counts he is charged with in four active cases were filed as part of a conspiracy to sabotage his presidential candidacy.
“We have every single right to challenge an election that we think is dishonest,” said Trump to reporters on the Atlanta airport tarmac.