Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023

Donald Trump booked into jail and has mugshot taken after giving thumbs up

Ex-President Donald Trump turned himself in and was booked into jail after flashing a thumbs upon arriving in Georgia where he’s charged in an election subversion case.

It was the fourth time this year that Trump has surrendered to federal or local authorities for criminal charges. But Thursday night was different.

Trump had his mugshot taken as part of the booking process in the notorious Fulton County Jail, a source told NBC News. In his first three surrenders, Trump was only fingerprinted and processed.

The ex-president’s booking was expedited compared to the usual time it would take for a civilian – the entire process took about 16 minutes, according to 11Alive.

Trump’s mugshot was not immediately released on Thursday night. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has said it would release mugshots and other booking information daily at 4pm, meaning Trump’s photo may not be made public until Friday afternoon.

He turned himself in for charges related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. Trump faces 13 counts including racketeering, conspiracy, false statements and soliciting a public officer to violate oath of office.

Trump’s plane landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 7pm. He flashed a thumbs up as he walked down the stairs and onto the tarmac.

His motorcade made its way from the airport and arrived at the jail in downtown Atlanta shortly after 7.30pm.

Leading up to Trump’s arrest, a crowd of hundreds of supporters, opponents and members of the media waited outside the jail for Trump to arrive. The majority seemed to be Trump fans, Axios reported. Among them was hard-right Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spoke briefly to reporters and fellow Trump fans.

Streets surrounding the jail were blocked off, including one leading to the entrance of the facility.

Hours before turning himself over, Trump replaced his top attorney in Georgia, Drew Findling, with Steven Sadow.

Trump in the mid-afternoon boasted about having more than 231million views for his interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night. In the interview – which aired at the same time as the 2024 GOP debate he ditched – Trump called his enemies ‘savage animals’.

‘But please excuse me, I have to start getting ready to head down to Atlanta, Georgia, where Murder and other Violent Crimes have reached levels never seen before, to get ARRESTED by a Radical Left, Lowlife District Attorney, Fani Willis, for A PERFECT PHONE CALL, and having the audacity to challenge a RIGGED & STOLLEN ELECTION,’ wrote Trump on his Truth Social platform.

He then revealed the exact time he would surrender: ‘THE EVIDENCE IS IRREFUTABLE! ARREST TIME: 7:30 P.M.’

Trump left his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, where he is spending the summer, just before 4pm. His plane departed Newark International Airport about an hour later.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested that the trial for Trump and all 18 of his co-defendants begin on October 23. Trump opposed the planned trial date, according to his attorneys in an afternoon filing. 

More than half of Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the sprawling racketeering case had turned themselves in as of Thursday evening, including his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday. Early afternoon Thursday, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows surrendered.

Willis is giving defendants until Friday at noon to hand themselves over, before issuing warrants for their arrest.

Trump on Monday agreed to a $200,000 bond and other release conditions. His bond is required to be paid in cash.

Each felony charge against Trump in the Georgia election case carries a potential prison sentence from one to 20 years, if convicted.

Trump planned to do an interview with the conservative network Newsmax at 9pm after being booked and released.

Trump faces 91 charges across four criminal cases against him.

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