Former President Donald Trump has announced his intention to voluntarily surrender himself for processing in Atlanta on Thursday. He revealed this through his Truth Social platform, stating that he will be “ARRESTED” in connection with his indictment in Georgia. Trump has characterized the indictment as a politically motivated attempt to hinder his chances of reelection.
According to information from earlier reports by CNN, Trump is set to turn himself in at the Fulton County jail in Georgia on the specified Thursday. This date was agreed upon during discussions between Trump’s legal team and the Fulton County district attorney’s office. These discussions revolved around aspects like Trump’s consent bond and the conditions under which he will be released.
The indictment against Trump and 18 other co-defendants spans 98 pages and was unveiled last week. They collectively face a total of 41 criminal charges. These charges stem from alleged efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia, where Trump suffered a loss.
In anticipation of Trump’s surrender, the local sheriff’s office has announced a “hard lockdown” of the vicinity around the Rice Street Jail.
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In accordance with a bond agreement that was reached on Monday and signed by Trump’s legal representatives and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Trump is expected to post a $200,000 bond. Additionally, he will be required to abstain from posting threatening messages on social media platforms while awaiting trial. This legal arrangement was made in light of the pending trial in Georgia related to allegations of attempting to reverse the results of the 2020 election.
Currently a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump and his co-defendants were indicted on August 14. Willis, the District Attorney, extended a deadline for their surrender until Friday at noon ET (1600 GMT), warning of potential arrest if they fail to comply.
As for the trial proceedings, prosecutors have suggested a trial start date of March 4. Conversely, Trump’s legal team has put forth a request for the trial to be scheduled in 2026.
Notably, Trump’s voluntary surrender is set to take place a day following the inaugural Republican primary presidential debate. The former president has indicated that he does not intend to participate in this debate.