Trump to surrender in Fulton Co. after GOP debate as bail amount is set; Jack Smith swats down post-election trial date

Former President Donald Trump let it be known Monday that he’ll be arrested in Atlanta on Thursday, the day after the first Republican primary debate —  the early front-runner for the GOP nomination just announced that he will not participate in the debate.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charged Trump last week with 13 felonies for his efforts to challenge the state’s 2020 election results, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, filing false documents, false statements and writings, and conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer.

“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 wrote. “In my case, the trip to Atlanta is not for “Murder,” but for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL! She campaigned, and is continuing to campaign, and raise money on, this WITCH HUNT. This is in strict coordination with Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ. It is all about ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”

 

It remains to be seen if there will be a mug shot — Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat said prior to Trump being indicted that he will be subject to “normal practices,” including fingerprints and a mugshot if charges are filed.

“Unless somebody tells me differently, we are following our normal practices, and so it doesn’t matter your status. We’ll have a mug shot ready for you,” Labat said at a press conference.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set Trump’s bond at $200,000 on Monday.

Trump responded sarcastically to the bond, suggesting he might fly off to Russia and hang out with his pal Vladimir Putin, never to be heard from again.

“The failed District Attorney of Fulton County (Atlanta), Fani Willis, insisted on a $200,000 Bond from me,” he wrote on Truth Social. “I assume, therefore, that she thought I was a ‘flight’ risk – I’d fly far away, maybe to Russia, Russia, Russia, share a gold domed suite with Vladimir, never to be seen or heard from again. Would I be able to take my very ‘understated’ airplane with the gold TRUMP affixed for all to see. Probably not, I’d be much better off flying commercial – I’m sure nobody would recognize me!”

The conditions of Trump’s release in Georgia were shared online by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Tamar Hallerman.

“Under the terms of the consent bond order, Trump can’t perform any acts of witness intimidation or communicate directly or indirectly about the facts of the case with any codefendants except through his lawyer,” Hallerman noted in a tweet.

Keep in mind, special counsel Jack Smith sought a protective order in Washington, D.C. to limit what Trump can disseminate publicly about the cases Smith has brought against him after social media posts were interpreted as threatening prosecutors and witnesses.

Smith indicted the former president in March and August, first for his handling of classified documents, as ironic as that may be given Hillary Clinton’s actions, and then for his efforts on Jan. 6, and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg charging Trump in May with 34 felony counts over the alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

In another development Monday, Smith denounced Trump’s efforts to delay his Washington, D.C., federal trial over alleged election interference until 2026, saying it denies the public’s “right to a speedy trial,” according to the Washington Examiner.

The former president’s legal team requested a trial date of April 2026 to face charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 election — the Justice Department recommended a Jan. 2, 2024, trial date

Trump’s trial in New York on the alleged hush money payment is already set for March 25, 2024. He also has a May 20, 2024 trial date in Florida to answer charges filed by Smith over his handling of classified documents. In Atlanta, Willis is requesting a May 4, 2024 trial date — which is on the eve of Super Tuesday.

Tom Tillison

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