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Trump arrest live updates: Former president en route to Atlanta to surrender in election case

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Trump campaign sends ‘last’ fundraising text before arrest in ‘the lion’s den’

Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising text as he headed to Atlanta to be booked.

“This is my last text to you before my arrest, Patriot,” the message said.

The text included what purport to be remarks “penned” by Trump.

“But today, I’m walking into the lion’s den with one simple message on behalf of our entire movement: I WILL NEVER SURRENDER OUR MISSION TO SAVE AMERICA,” Trump wrote.  

“I get ARRESTED FOUR TIMES within the span of just 5 months? Not only that, a judge has ruled that today’s spectacle may be televised for the entire world to see.”

— Dan Mangan

Trump’s private jet departs New Jersey for Georgia

A police officers stands in the road as a motorcade for former President Donald Trump arrives to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023.

Seth Wenig | AP

After a brief hold on an airport tarmac, Trump’s private plane took off from Newark, New Jersey, and is now en route to Atlanta.

The former president’s flight on his Boeing 757 jet, nicknamed “Trump Force One,” is expected to last about two hours.

Kevin Breuninger

Trump will do an interview with Newsmax after his booking

Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a campaign rally in Windham, New Hampshire, August 8, 2023.

Reba Saldanha | Reuters

Trump will appear on the conservative news network Newsmax following his booking at a Fulton County jail, the network announced Thursday.

TV host Greg Kelly of “Greg Kelly Reports” is scheduled to interview the former president at 9 p.m. ET.

Newsmax and Kelly have been sympathetic to Trump, and the once fledgling channel has been the chief beneficiary of Trump’s feud with Fox News and Rupert Murdoch.

Kelly has described Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her team of prosecutors as “the real criminals” and “thugs.”

—Chelsey Cox

Trump vents about city of Atlanta and DA Fani Willis

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on August 14, 2023 shows Former US President Donald Trump in Orlando, Florida, on February 26, 2022 and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on August 14, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Trump vented about Atlanta prosecutor Fani Willis on social media as he traveled to Georgia to surrender at Fulton County jail.

“Why is there so much MURDER in Atlanta? Why is there so much Violent Crime? People are afraid to go outside to buy a loaf of bread!” Trump claimed in a Truth Social post.

“One big reason is that failed District Attorney, Fani Willis, who is campaigning and fundraising off ‘get Trump’ (much like the others!), doesn’t have the Time, Money, or Interest to go after the real criminals, even the REALLY Violent ones, that are destroying Atlanta, and its once beautiful culture and way of life,” Trump wrote.

In reality, violent crime in the Georgia capital is down more than 20% over last year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week, citing Atlanta Police Department data.

“This is yet another SAD DAY IN AMERICA!” Trump added, a sentiment he has expressed after some of his other recent indictments.

Kevin Breuninger

Judge set Oct. 23 trial for Trump’s co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro is shown in a police booking mugshot released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta, Aug. 23, 2023.

Source: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Kenneth Chesebro, one of Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election case, will head to trial on Oct. 23, a judge ruled Thursday.

“At this time, these deadlines do not apply to any co-defendant,” Judge Scott McAfee noted in his order.

Chesebro had asked the Fulton County Superior Court judge for a speedy trial on his charges in District Attorney Fani Willis’ election interference case.

Willis had suggested an Oct. 23 trial date earlier Thursday. Trump opposed that timeline, and his attorney notified the court that he will seek to sever his case from Chesebro or any other co-defendant who makes a similar request.

Trump has sought to push the potential trials in his other active criminal cases until after the 2024 presidential election.

Kevin Breuninger

What’s going to happen to Trump during his booking in Atlanta

Members of the media stage outside the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 17, 2023.

Christian Monterrosa | AFP | Getty Images

When Trump is booked after surrendering in Atlanta at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, he will go through a process a number of his co-defendants have already experienced.

Trump will have his fingerprints taken and also will be photographed for a mugshot. That photo is expected to be publicly released soon after, a first for a former U.S. president.

Jail officials also will check to see if he has any outstanding warrants, according to a description of the process on the sheriff’s website.

Trump’s publicly released booking information will include a description of his race, height, weight, as well as hair and eye colors. It also will list the 13 felony counts he faces in the case.

After he is processed, the former president will be released on a $200,000 bond that was previously agreed to.

– Dan Mangan

Some MAGA fans thought a pro-Trump rally outside Atlanta jail was a ‘setup’

A supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump holds a banner at the entrance of the Fulton County Jail, as Donald Trump is expected to turn himself in to be processed after his Georgia indictment, in Atlanta, Georgia, August 24, 2023.

Dustin Chambers | Reuters

A small rally outside of the Fulton County Jail this morning smelled like an “FBI setup” to some of his supporters, NBC News reported.

The event, which began around 10 a.m., was promoted by far-right activist Laura Loomer. But some MAGA fans theorized that undercover law enforcement officials and “Antifa” activists organized the rally as a ploy to arrest Trump supporters.

Social media posts claimed that “FBI plants” would try to disturb “peaceful plans.”

“Watch out for the FBI and antifa/blm to stir up a riot,” a social media user going by “Ultra Maga” wrote.

Another person said the event “could be a setup just like the J6,” referring to a false conspiracy theory that the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which was, in reality, carried out by thousands of Trump supporters.

—Chelsey Cox

Trump leaves home in New Jersey to head to booking in Atlanta

Trump left his residence at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to travel to Atlanta to be booked.

– Dan Mangan

Co-defendant Harrison Floyd is in custody after surrendering without negotiating bond agreement

Harrison Floyd jail booking photo, Fulton County, Georgia

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Harrison Floyd, one of Trump’s 18 co-defendants, is in custody in Fulton County Jail because he did not hash out the details of his bond agreement ahead of his surrender, the sheriff’s office said.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff and current co-defendant in Georgia, also surrendered Thursday. But Meadows was booked and quickly released from the Atlanta jail because his attorneys had already negotiated his bond agreement with the district attorney’s office. Meadows’ bond was set at $100,000, according to the filing made public ahead of his surrender.

Floyd did not do this “and, therefore, is in custody at the Fulton County Jail,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Eight other co-defendants have yet to surrender before the deadline of noon Friday. The sheriff’s office said it expects all will do so.

Floyd is described in Willis’ indictment as an individual associated with the pro-Trump group “Black Voices for Trump.” He is charged with one count each of racketeering, conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statements and writings, and influencing witnesses.

Kevin Breuninger

Trump doesn’t want October trial date, will seek to sever from Chesebro

Trump, in a court filing, opposed a call by Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis to begin his trial on Oct. 23.

He also said he would seek to sever his case from that of co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro, whose request for a speedy trial led Willis to ask a judge to start the trial for all 19 defendants in late October.

— Dan Mangan

Many of Trump’s co-defendants have already surrendered

More than half of Trump’s 18 co-defendants have already surrendered at Fulton County jail.

The most recent addition to the list was Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, who was booked and released earlier Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

The others include pro-Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro and Ray Smith; former Georgia Republican party officials David Shafer and Cathy Latham; and Scott Hall, a Georgia bail bondsman.

The co-defendants who have yet to surrender are Jeff Clark, Robert Cheeley, Michael Roman, Shawn Still, Stephen Lee, Harrison Floyd, Trevian Kutti and Misty Hampton.

All 19 defendants in Willis’ case must surrender by Friday at noon.

Kevin Breuninger

Trump says he will be arrested in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.

Trump said in a social media post that he will be arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, at 7:30 p.m.

He made the announcement after touting the view count for his online interview with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, which was posted last night to counter-program the Republican primary debate that Trump skipped.

Trump’s post on Truth Social also repeated his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him.

Kevin Breuninger



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