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Former U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his intention to turn himself in on Thursday in Atlanta, in relation to his indictment in Georgia. The charges pertain to his alleged efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state. This statement was made through his Truth Social platform, where he also expressed that he views the indictment as a politically motivated attempt to hinder his 2024 reelection campaign.
According to a report by CNN, Trump’s surrender is scheduled to take place at the Fulton County jail in Atlanta on the said Thursday. This date was established during discussions between Trump’s legal team and the Fulton County district attorney’s office on Monday. These discussions revolved around matters concerning Trump’s consent bond and the conditions for his release.
The indictment filed in Georgia encompasses Trump and 18 co-defendants, who collectively face 41 criminal charges. These charges are linked to their alleged endeavors to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election in the state.
In a related development, John Eastman, Trump’s former personal attorney and a co-defendant in the Georgia case, is expected to surrender to Fulton County authorities on Wednesday. A court document revealed this plan, highlighting that Eastman had reached a $100,000 bond agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis earlier on Monday.
Trump’s legal predicaments extend beyond Georgia. He currently faces an impending trial in New York state in connection to a hush money payment to a porn star, as well as a federal trial in Florida for alleged mishandling of federal classified documents, both set for the coming months. Additionally, a separate indictment in Washington federal court accuses him of unlawfully attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith has expressed interest in a January trial for this case, although a specific trial date has yet to be established.
Throughout these legal proceedings, Trump has maintained his plea of not guilty. Despite these challenges, he continues his pursuit of regaining the presidency, with potential court appearances looming well into the following year.
In connection to the Georgia case, Trump is anticipated to adhere to a $200,000 bond and abide by orders that prohibit him from sending threatening messages on social media while he awaits trial. This bond agreement was established on Monday, involving Trump’s legal representatives and the Fulton County district attorney’s office. Authorities are set to heighten security around the jail premises when Trump surrenders, as per statements from the local sheriff’s office.
Trump has consistently and without substantiation labeled the indictments against him as “witch hunts.” He has taken to online platforms to criticize Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, characterizing her as “radical left” and “corrupt.”