- One of the most anticipated photos in the world.
- Trump had his mug shot taken in Florida.
- It is a historic moment.
Former President Donald Trump was booked on Thursday by authorities at a jail in Atlanta, Georgia and his mug shot is making the rounds.
Trump was charged in Georgia for his attempt to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in that state, according to the EFE news agency.
The Republican candidate was released after prison personnel took his fingerprints and mug shot and after posting a $200,000 bail.
Trump traveled by private plane from New Jersey to the Georgia capital at noon, but the time of his arrival at the Fulton County jail was not known.
Trump is accused of 13 crimes in this case
Fulton prosecutor Fani Willis has charged Trump with 13 counts for having led a plot with 18 others to reverse the election results in Georgia.
In that state, Trump lost by a narrow margin against the current president, Democrat Joe Biden.
The county sheriff, Pat Labat, told the press that the former president had to go through the same procedure as everyone else.
So Trump first presented his identification, was fingerprinted and had police photo taken.
This is Trump’s fourth indictment
This is Trump’s fourth criminal indictment, but the first in which he had to report to jail and the first where he was required to take a mug shot
Previously, the former president appeared in different courts to hear the charges read.
The main crime he is charged with in Georgia is violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), law, which is traditionally used in organized crime cases.
He is also accused of conspiring to have certain people falsely present themselves as Georgia electors to certify Trump’s victory in Georgia, even though Biden won that state.
The main evidence against him
If found guilty on all counts, the former Republican president could be sentenced to up to 76 years in prison.
One of the main pieces of evidence against him is the recording of a call from January 2021.
In that call, he asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to «find» 11,780 votes for him — one more than Biden had gotten.
Trump considers all the cases against him a «witch hunt», and even today he continues to maintain the hoax that he won the 2020 election.
«I will proudly be arrested»
“No one has fought more for the integrity of the election than President Donald J. Trump. For this reason, tomorrow I will proudly be arrested in Georgia,» the Republican declared yesterday on social media.
At least nine of the 19 defendants in this alleged plot have already turned themselves in at Fulton prison and have been released after paying bail, according the AP.
Yesterday, former Trump lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani had to pay $150,000 to go free.
While Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, must do so soon after a judge rejected his request to transfer his case to federal court.
State charges in addition to federal charges
Georgia’s is the fourth criminal case against Trump, after the bribery case regarding porn actress Stormy Daniels, the one regarding classified documents that he took from the White House and the assault on the Capitol.
However, this case has made headlines because it’s being brought by the state rather than the federal government, Trump would not be able to pardon himself should he win back the presidency in 2024.
Trump, a heavy favorite in next year’s Republican primary, did not participate in the party’s first-ever front-runner debate.
He claims this is because he’s so far ahead in the polls that it’s beneath him.