Trump had to pay a bail bond of $200,000 (£160,000) to be released from the Atlanta jail while he awaits trial. Afterward, he referred to this case as a mockery of the judicial system. It was his fourth arrest in five months in a criminal case, but this was his first police booking photo.
After that, for the first time since January 2021, Mr. Trump used X, which was formerly known as Twitter. He shared the address of his website and the mugshot with an all-capital letters caption: “Election interference. Never surrender!”
Trump argues the cases against him are politically motivated because he is leading the Republican race to challenge President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in next year’s presidential election. On Thursday afternoon, he became the first former president to be indicted. A bigger entourage than he had used for his previous appearances this year escorted Mr. Trump to the Fulton County jail. Trump was inside the facility for around 20 minutes while some of his supporters gathered outside.
Before leaving, he said in an airport interview that he was free to challenge the vote’s outcome. “I thought the election was a rigged election, a stolen election,” said Trump. He stated that he has the right to question voting results as people like Hillary Clinton, Stacy Adams, and many others have done the same before.
Among the 13 charges Trump faces are racketeering, soliciting a public official to violate his oath of office, conspiracy to impersonate a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery, and making false statements.
The bail condition for Mr. Trump’s release is that he shall refrain from any comments, on the internet or elsewhere, which are designed to influence witnesses and coconspirators in a criminal proceeding. He is also not allowed to have any communication with the other co-defendants, except through his lawyers.
US: Donald Trump has surrendered in Georgia on charges of plotting to overturn the state’s 2020 election results