DONALD Trump has been arrested after facing charges of attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The former president surrendered in a Georgia jail on Thursday — more than a week after he was charged with conspiracy and racketeering.
The former president could be seen waving to onlookers as he got off the plane and headed to the Fulton County jail.
Officers armed with assault rifles surrounded the prison as 77-year-old Trump approached in a line of black cars.
According to his booking list, Trump was given a height of 1.90 meters and a weight of 90 kilograms. His eye color was considered blue, his hair was blond or strawberry blond.
Some were shocked by the reported weight after the president weighed 239 pounds on his 2018 physical.
He has already been released on $200,000 bail and only spent about 20 minutes in jail.
As Trump left prison, lawmakers were responding to a bomb threat outside the district courthouse, which is about five miles from where the former president was charged.
The sheriff’s office investigated the matter and concluded that there was no item of concern at the facility.
Crowds of supporters lined the streets to cheer for the former President and to call for District Attorney Fani Willis to be “locked up”.
Among the crowd was Georgia Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, who smiled and waved at her constituents.
“Tonight I joined hundreds of Patriots at the Fulton County Jail in support of President Trump during his pursuit by Atlanta Communist District Attorney Fani Willis,” she wrote X.
“I will never stop supporting President Trump, and if I have to, I will vote for him even from prison!”
abundance of allegations
Trump faces a slew of allegations, including multiple conspiracy charges, soliciting an official to violate an oath, filing false documents, and violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) law.
Georgia was one of the key states Trump lost in the 2020 election.
The Republican, who is currently the front runner for the GOP’s presidential nomination ahead of the 2024 election, vehemently denies the allegations.
Before boarding his plane to leave the city, he made a brief statement to the media staked out on the runway.
“We didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t do anything wrong,” Trump said.
“This is election interference. So I want to thank you for being here. We didn’t do anything wrong.”
“We had every right, every right, to contest an election that we felt was dishonest.”
Trump had until noon on August 25 to voluntarily surrender at a Fulton County jail under the terms of the indictment.
As part of the booking process, fingerprints are taken from the accused and a mug shot is taken.
The FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction to airspace around the Fulton County Jail between 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time for what it calls a VIP moment.
Police officers clad in balaclavas were seen guarding the jail while pro- and anti-Trump protesters gathered near the entrance.
The brazen Republican turned himself in a day after his former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, turned himself in to police.
After his surrender, Giuliani told reporters, “I am honored to be involved in this case because this case is a fight for our way of life.” He described the charges as “travesty.”
Trump’s surrender also comes a day after his rivals for the Republican nomination, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and tycoon Vivek Ramaswamy, squared off in the first GOP debate.
DeSantis and Ramaswamy were among Republican politicians who raised their hands when asked if they would support Trump if he were convicted and won the Republican nomination.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum also raised their hands.
It remains unknown when Trump will face trial on these allegations.
Last week, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis suggested a possible trial date of March 4, 2024, but she reportedly presented the judge with a second suggestion.
Willis told a judge that the trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 23 instead. Bloomberg reports.
An Oct. 23 start date would be just months ahead of the first Republican caucus in Iowa, which falls on Jan. 15.
The indictment named nineteen defendants, including attorneys Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell.
Ellis beamed when her mugshot was taken at the Fulton County Jail, and former Georgia State Senator David Shafer proudly posted his mugshot as his profile picture on X, formerly Twitter.
The charges against Georgia are based on state indictments, meaning if Trump is convicted and wins the 2024 election, he cannot pardon himself.
Nor would a pro-Trump governor have the power to pardon him.
In Georgia, pardons are issued by a five-member board known as the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Trump criticized Willis and branded her a “Faltin” before the latest charges were brought.
He wrote on his Truth Social feed, “Could someone please tell the Fulton County grand jury that I didn’t rig the election?”
“The people who tampered with it were the ones who tampered with it and unfortunately they were fake [sic] Fani Willis, who shockingly made Atlanta one of the most dangerous cities in the world, has no interest in seeing the vast amount of evidence available or finding out who the people who did this wereAre.
“She just wants to get ‘Trump.'” I would like to show this information to the GJ.
Trump accused Willis of being “out of control” and said the allegations were part of a “witch hunt”.
FOLLOW-UP OF CHARGES
The wave of indictments against the former president began in March when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed 34 felonies against Trump over a hush-money scheme that prosecutors described.
Prosecutors said Trump and his former mediator Michael D. Cohen made a $130,000 hush money paymentStar Stormy Daniels in the final days of the 2016 campaign to silence claims of an affair.
The case also reportedly includes claims for separate payments to a second wife, former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Trump allegedly played a role in paying $150,000 to McDougal, who claimed she began a ten-month relationship with the former president in 2006 Wall Street Journal.
The former US president also allegedly paid a former Trump Tower bouncer $30,000 to silence his claims that Trump had an “illegitimate child.”
Trump also faces charges in a separate trial in Miami brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith. He is accused of mishandling confidential documents after leaving the White House.
He is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, concealment of a document in a state investigation, withholding of a document or record, conspiracy to obstruct justice, fraudulent concealment of a document or record, concealment, and two counts of false statements and representations.
According to this, federal officials found more than 80 boxes with classified documents in Trump’s estate, including six with the highest classification level in his officeRecords.
Earlier this month, Trump was indicted for his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021 events at the Capitol.
He was charged with four counts, including conspiracy to commit fraud United StatesConspiracy to obstruct an official process, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official process, and conspiracy against rights.
On January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol to prevent this congress from counting the votes to confirm President-elect Biden as the new President.
The rally turned violent when the MAGA mob breached Capitol Hill, smashing windows and doors and crashing into the Capitolofficers.