Washington — Former President Donald Trump said Monday that he will surrender to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, on Thursday after he was indicted onto reverse the outcome of the state’s 2020 presidential election.
“Can you believe it? 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,” Trump posted on his social media platform Truth Social, criticizing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
The former president went on to call the prosecution by Willis a “witch hunt” intended to damage his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election. Trump is the leading Republican to take on President Biden.
Trump and 18 others were indicted on state felony charges last week and have until noon on Aug. 25 to to the Fulton County Jail. Trump’s Monday at $200,000, and he is prohibited from intimidating the other defendants or witnesses in the case, including on social media, among other restrictions, according to a consent bond order signed by his lawyers, Willis and , who is presiding over the case.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said that when Trump surrenders, there will be a “hard lockdown” of the area around the. The facility is currently under investigation by the Justice Department over its conditions.
Willis, who pursued the indictment after ainto efforts to overturn Georgia’s presidential election, proposed in a court filing that arraignments for all 19 defendants take place the week of Sept. 5, and asked for the trial to begin in March 2024.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the case brought by Willis. Thereturned by the grand jury accuses the former president and 18 co-defendants of participating in a “criminal enterprise” that aimed to reverse Trump’s electoral loss in Georgia.
The former president is, including allegedly violating , making false statements and writings, and conspiring to commit forgery, regarding an alleged plot to replace duly elected presidential electors with new electors who would vote for the former president.
The prosecution in Fulton County is the fourth Trump is facing, and Thursday will mark the fourth time he has been booked since April. He has been charged in two federal cases related to special counsel Jack Smith’s investigations,related to his handling of sensitive government records and a , stemming from attempts to stop the transfer of presidential power. The Manhattan district attorney has also of falsifying business records related to an alleged scheme to use “hush-money” payments to conceal damaging information before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has pleaded not guilty inHis fourth arraignment, in Fulton County, is expected to from the earlier three because cameras are allowed in Georgia courtrooms. State law allows proceedings to be photographed and televised if they’re not disruptive, while electronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts is prohibited.