Trump's bond set at $200,000 for alleged Georgia election interference

19:38 21.08.2023

Former United States President Donald Trump has been granted a bond of $200,000 by a judge in Fulton County, Georgia, as he faces charges of attempting to overturn the state's 2020 election results. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee approved the bond agreement on Monday, just before Trump announced that he would surrender himself to Georgia authorities on Thursday. In a social media post, Trump expressed his disbelief at the situation, stating, "Can you believe it? I'll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a Radical Left District Attorney, Fani Willis."

The bond agreement includes strict rules for Trump's behavior leading up to the trial. He is prohibited from making any direct or indirect threats against those involved in the case. The bond order specifically states that he cannot intimidate any codefendants or witnesses or obstruct the administration of justice. Communication with witnesses or codefendants about the facts of the case is only permitted through his legal counsel, including on social media. This is significant as Trump has often used his Truth Social platform to criticize judges, prosecutors, and witnesses involved in his legal battles, including Fani Willis, whom the Trump campaign has referred to as a "ribald partisan" and corrupt online.

The consent bond order filed on Monday provides further details regarding Trump's bond. It outlines the specific amounts set for each of the 13 counts he faces, with $80,000 allocated to the first charge of violating Georgia's racketeering law and $10,000 for each of the remaining 12 charges. Trump has the option to post the bond in cash, through commercial surety, or through the Fulton County Jail 10% program. He and his 18 co-defendants must turn themselves in for processing at the Fulton County Jail by noon on Friday.

The terms of the bond agreement, agreed upon by Willis and Trump's three lawyers, Drew Findling, Marissa Goldberg, and Jennifer Little, include a prohibition on direct or indirect threats against co-defendants, witnesses, or victims, both in-person and on social media. Trump is also forbidden from communicating in any way about the case with his co-defendants, except through his attorney. The former president's lawyers were spotted at the Fulton County Courthouse on Monday, suggesting preparations for the case are underway.

Last week, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Trump and 18 others on a 41-count indictment, charging them with violating Georgia's racketeering law in relation to alleged attempts to overturn Trump's electoral loss in the state. While neither Trump nor his co-defendants have entered pleas in the case, the former president has denied any wrongdoing and criticized Fani Willis as politically motivated.

Trump now has until Friday to voluntarily turn himself in at the Fulton County Jail for booking. The strict conditions attached to his bail include a ban on discussing the case with co-defendants and witnesses, as well as an injunction against intimidating those involved in the case. The bond order explicitly states that Trump cannot make any direct or indirect threats, even on social media, including reposts of posts made by others. The bond agreement sets Trump's bond at $80,000 for the racketeering charge and adds $10,000 for each additional count he faces. The charges against Trump and his allies stem from allegations that they conspired to subvert the will of voters in an effort to maintain his presidency after losing to Joe Biden.

/ Monday, August 21, 2023, 7:38 PM /

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