Former President Donald Trump was booked on charges that he conspired to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
Georgia elections case: Former President Donald Trump was booked at the Fulton County jail Thursday night on state charges that he conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Trump was fingerprinted and a booking photo, commonly known as a mugshot, was taken of the former president and later released to the public. Trump is facing charges in four separate criminal cases, but this is the first time he had a mugshot taken.
Trump is facing 13 separate counts in Georgia, including a racketeering charge and several fraud and false statement counts. The deadline for Trump and his 18 co-defendants in the case to turn themselves in is Friday.
Trump had avoided the indignity of a mug shot during his three previous arrests this year, but this time officials in Georgia insisted that standard procedure must be followed.
Trump mugshot released in Georgia elections case
Donald Trump’s surrender unfolded at night and required him to visit a problem-plagued jail instead of a courtroom, not in a liberal bastion like New York or Washington but rather in the battleground state considered crucial for the 2024 presidential polls.
Before heading home he told reporters at the airport that he was entitled to challenge an election result.
“I thought the election was a rigged election, a stolen election,” said Mr Trump, who often makes unfounded claims of widespread ballot fraud in 2020. “And I should have every right to do that.
Trump is one of 19 defendants charged in a sprawling RICO indictment that accuses them of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 Georgia presidential election.
Trump also noted that some of his co-defendants “don’t have a lot of money, and some of them have almost nothing.”
Trump has more than a dozen cases registered
This is the fourth time this year the former president has surrendered to local or federal authorities in connection with criminal charges against him. Earlier, Trump had said that he was ready to surrender before Georgia state prison officials on charges of planning to overturn the election in 2020. In the year 2020, Trump has more than a dozen cases registered against him, including conspiring to overturn the election result of Georgia. Trump and 18 other people have been accused in this case.