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Donald Trump to turn himself in on Thursday in Georgia: What will happen then?

Trump faces a fourth set of criminal charges, this time in Georgia, where he will surrender himself and authorities say he won’t receive special treatment.

Update:
Trump to surrender himself at Atlanta jail Thursday
JUSTIN LANEEFE

Donald Trump has been criminally charged, along with 18 co-defendants, by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia with racketeering and conspiracy felonies related to interfering with the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election. District Attorney Fani Willis gave those accused in the indictment until 25 August to surrender themselves at the Rice Street Jail in Atlanta.

On Monday, the former president’s lawyers reached an agreement on bail and the conditions of his release while awaiting trial. Trump plans to turn himself in on Thursday posting on his social media platform Truth Social ”Can you believe it? I’ll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED.” When he does, Trump can expect to receive the same treatment as any other defendant accused of a crime according to the sheriff.

Donald Trump to turn himself in on Thursday in Georgia: What will happen then?

The “consent bond order” filed in court Monday afternoon, which has been signed off on by Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee and DA Willis, set the former president’s bail at $200,000. It also stipulates that he must refrain from intimidating codefendants or witnesses.

Trump “shall perform no act to intimidate any person known to him or her to be a codefendant or witness in this case or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice,” the order states. “The Defendant shall make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against the community or to any property in the community.” This includes, but is not limited to, posts on social media whether in his own or reposting those of others.

Likewise, with the exception of doing so through his lawyers, he is not allowed to discuss the facts of the case with any codefendants.

Trump will have a mug shot waiting for him

With the agreement in place, when he surrenders Trump will be booked including being finger printed and having a mug shot taken. “It doesn’t matter your status; we will have a mug shot ready for you,” said Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat. His office informed that in the surrounding vicinity of the jail “there will be a hard lockdown of the area” when the former president arrives.

Unlike in the case of the previous three criminal indictments where he is facing a slew of other felony charges, he will not be arraigned after he is booked. The formal arraignment is expected in September where he will give a plea on the charges against him which accuse Trump of being the head of a “criminal enterprise.” The 98-page criminal indictment includes a total of 41 criminal counts for racketeering, criminal conspiracy, criminal solicitation, filing false documents and making false statements related his and his codefendants’ efforts to illegally overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.

The trial itself has yet to be set but DA Willis is asking for it to begin 4 March 2024 while Trump’s lawyers petitioned for the start date to be pushed back to 2026.