Trump arrested in election case, mug shot released


Former President of the United States of America, Donald
Trump, was arrested at a Georgia jail Thursday on racketeering and conspiracy
charges and released on a $200,000 bond after having a historic mug shot taken.


Trump, who is accused of colluding with 18 other defendants
to overturn the 2020 election result in the southern state, spent less than 30
minutes inside Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail before leaving in a motorcade for
the airport.


Like the other defendants in the case who have surrendered
so far, the 77-year-old Trump had his mug shot taken during the booking process
— a first for any serving or former US president.


In the photograph released by the sheriff’s office, he
scowled at the camera while dressed in a dark blue suit, white shirt and red


Speaking to reporters after his arrest, Trump, the
frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said it was a
“very sad day for America.”


“What has taken place here is a travesty of justice,” he
said. “I did nothing wrong.”


Trump posted the mug shot on his own Truth Social platform
with the caption “Election Interference” and a link to his campaign website.


A short while later, he also posted it on X — formerly
Twitter, which was Trump’s favourite bullhorn until he was banned from it after
the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters.


New owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump on X in November of
last year, but Trump stayed away and posted instead on Truth Social. This was
Trump’s first post since 2021 on what had been Twitter.


Trump was given the inmate number “PO1135809” by the Fulton
County Jail, which listed his height as six foot three inches (1.9 meters), his
weight as 215 pounds (97 kilograms) and his hair colour as “Blond or


The billionaire has been criminally indicted four times
since April, setting the stage for a year of unprecedented drama as he tries to
juggle multiple court appearances and another White House campaign.


Trump was able to dodge having a mugshot taken during his
previous arrests this year: in New York on charges of paying hush money to a
porn star, in Florida for mishandling top secret government documents, and in
Washington on charges of conspiring to upend his 2020 election loss to Democrat
Joe Biden.


His arrest came one day after Trump spurned a televised
debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring eight of his rivals for the 2024
Republican presidential nomination — all of whom lag well behind him in the


He still stole the spotlight, though, with all but two of
the candidates saying they would support him as the party’s nominee even if he
were a convicted felon.


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A tight security perimeter was set up for Trump’s booking at
the Fulton County Jail, which is under investigation for a slew of inmate deaths
and deplorable conditions.


Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney who filed
the sweeping racketeering case, had set a deadline of noon on Friday for Trump
and the other 18 defendants to surrender.


Trump and 11 others have turned themselves in so far.


Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows surrendered
on Thursday and was released on $100,000 bond.


Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as Trump’s
personal lawyer when he was in the White House and vigorously pushed the false
claims that Trump had won the 2020 election, was booked and released on


John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who is accused of
drawing up a scheme to submit a false slate of Trump electors to Congress from
Georgia instead of the legitimate Biden ones, has also been booked and


A few dozen supporters of the former Republican president
gathered outside the jail, including Sharon Anderson who spent the night in her


“I think this is a political persecution and now that’s
turned into a political prosecution,” Anderson told AFP.


Trump is the first US president in history to face criminal


His various trials, if they take place next year, may
coincide with the Republican presidential primary season, which begins in
January, and the campaign for the November 2024 White House election.


Special counsel Jack Smith has proposed a January 2024 start
date for Trump’s trial on charges of conspiring to overturn the last election
with a lie-fueled campaign that culminated in the January 6, 2021 attack on the
US Capitol by his supporters.


Trump’s attorneys have countered with a suggested start date
well after the election — April 2026.


Willis, the Georgia district attorney, initially proposed
that the racketeering case begin in March next year, the same month Trump is
scheduled to go on trial in New York on charges of paying hush money to porn
star Stormy Daniels.


On Thursday, after one of the defendants asked for a speedy
trial, she proposed that it begin for all 19 in October of this year, a move
met with an immediate objection from Trump’s lawyers.


The Florida case, in which Trump is accused of taking secret
government documents as he left the White House and refusing to return them, is
scheduled to begin in May.





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