45th President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers and Fulton County DA Fani Willis reached an agreement on Monday regarding Trump’s bail conditions for his pending case. Under the agreed terms, Trump’s bail was set at $200,000. However, there are concerns regarding the restrictions imposed on Trump’s right to free speech, particularly in relation to social media.
The bond agreement includes a noteworthy clause stating that Trump must refrain from making any direct or indirect threats against any individual deemed a victim. This prohibition extends to posts made on social media platforms or even reposts of content originally shared by others. The language used in the agreement is vague, leaving room for interpretation.
This provision raises concerns as it potentially limits Trump’s ability to express himself freely and engage in political discourse. It is particularly troubling as the term “victim” is defined broadly and could encompass individuals such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Former Georgia LT Governor Geoff Duncan, and Fulton County DA Fani Willis herself. Consequently, any posts or reposts concerning these individuals could potentially be seen as a violation of the bail conditions.
Moreover, the restrictive nature of the bond agreement threatens Trump’s ability to address alleged election fraud during the 2024 elections. In the past, Governor Kemp has been criticized for allowing unchecked mail-in voting in the 2020 election, and it is speculated that he may repeat this practice in 2024. If Trump were to criticize Kemp, the governor could argue that it constitutes a violation of the bond agreement from the 2020 criminal case.
Additionally, Trump would face potential repercussions if he were to discuss the record crime rates in Fulton County and other Democrat-led cities. Fulton DA Fani Willis could argue to the judge that Trump’s remarks on the crime situation violated his bond agreement.
Recently, Trump took to TruthSocial, a social media platform he co-founded, to criticize both Kemp and Willis. In his post, he accused Governor Kemp of fighting against the impeachment of Fulton County DA Fani Willis, whom he described as “crooked, incompetent, & highly partisan.” Trump further highlighted the escalating murder and violent crime rates attributed to Willis’s ineffective response. Trump’s critique of the local authorities could be seen as a breach of his bail conditions.
It is expected that Trump will surrender himself to authorities later this week. The Fulton County Sheriff has confirmed that Trump will be booked at the Fulton County jail following his arrest. It is worth noting that the Fulton County Jail has recently been under investigation by the Biden Department of Justice for safety violations. Despite these safety concerns, Trump is still being required to be arrested and held at this facility.
As the developments in this case continue to unfold, National File will provide ongoing coverage and updates.