Former US President Donald Trump is facing charges of racketeering and 12 other felonies in Georgia. According to an unnamed law enforcement official, Trump is expected to appear for booking at the Fulton County jail sometime between Thursday and Friday. The charges against Trump and 18 co-defendants were unsealed by District Attorney Fani Willis on Monday, with an August 25 deadline for their surrender.
However, the exact timing of Trump’s surrender is still unclear as negotiations between his lawyers and prosecutors could drag on until the deadline. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office stated that Trump and the other defendants could turn themselves in at any time at the Rice Street Jail, which is open 24/7.
The indictment against Trump accuses him of violating Georgia’s organized crime law, known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). The charges also include conspiracy to interfere in an election, perjury, and soliciting a public official to violate their oath. Other individuals named in the indictment include Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and several current and former lawyers like Rudy Giuliani.
This is not the first time Trump has faced criminal charges this year. Earlier, federal prosecutors had charged him with numerous felony counts for mishandling classified material after leaving the White House in 2021. He has also been charged in New York for an alleged hush-money scheme with porn actress Stormy Daniels during his 2016 campaign.
Trump has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of a politically motivated “witch hunt.” He has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential contest and continues to remain active in politics.
In other news, it was reported that Trump was expected to attend the first GOP primary debate in Milwaukee next week. However, he allegedly decided to skip the event and instead have an interview with former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson. This move further indicates Trump’s continued involvement in shaping the political landscape.
As the legal proceedings against Trump unfold, the political implications remain significant. The charges against him raise questions about the integrity of the 2020 election and the potential consequences for those involved in attempting to overturn the results. The outcome of these legal battles could have far-reaching effects on Trump’s political future and the wider Republican Party.