By ERIC TUCKER, KATE BRUMBACK and JILL COLVIN (Related Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — A scowling Donald Trump posed for a mug shot Thursday as he surrendered inside a jail in Atlanta on costs that he illegally schemed to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, making a historic and humbling visible underscoring the previous president’s escalating authorized troubles.
The reserving photograph immediately turns into a part of the previous president’s legacy as he confronts felony costs in 4 American cities whereas searching for to reclaim the White Home. His aides swiftly seized on the picture, fundraising off the primary mug shot in American historical past of a former president as consultant of the unfair persecution they contend Trump is encountering. His opponents, in the meantime, are doubtless to make use of it to remind voters of risks in electing a president dealing with dozens of felony costs.
Trump was launched on $200,000 bond and headed again to the airport for his return flight residence to New Jersey, flashing a thumbs-up by way of the window of his sport utility car as his motorcade left. Unrepentant however subdued after the transient jail go to, he once more insisted that he “did nothing improper” and known as the case accusing him of subverting election outcomes a “travesty of justice.”
“In the event you problem an election, it is best to have the ability to problem an election,” he instructed reporters on the airport tarmac.
Trump’s give up to regulation enforcement authorities, the fourth time this yr, has by now turn into a well-recognized election-season routine in a manner that belies the unprecedented spectacle of a former president, and present candidate, being booked on felony costs. However his go to to Atlanta was notably completely different from the three previous surrenders, unfolding at night time and requiring him to go to a problem-plagued jail — relatively than a courthouse.
And in contrast to in different cities that didn’t require him to pose for a mug shot, a reserving photograph of him was taken. It depicts Trump, carrying a navy go well with and pink tie, angrily scowling on the digital camera, his brows furrowed as he stares into the lens.
Earlier than Trump’s airplane had crossed North Carolina, his marketing campaign was already utilizing the picture to solicit contributions on a fundraising web site. And for the primary time since Jan. 8, 2021, he made a put up on X, the web site previously referred to as Twitter, issuing a fundraising plea on the platform that prevented him from utilizing his account after he helped spark the violent revolt on the U.S. Capitol.
“This mugshot will ceaselessly go down in historical past as a logo of America’s defiance of tyranny,” stated a Trump marketing campaign fundraising e-mail.
He additionally known as into conservative TV channel Newsmax to speak about what he stated had been a “horrible expertise.”
“It’s a really unhappy expertise and it’s a really unhappy day for our nation,” he stated.
His jail go to created a outstanding split-screen visible throughout a 2024 Republican main contest through which he stays the main candidate, swiping the highlight at the very least briefly from his opponents and coming at some point after a debate in Milwaukee the place eight of his main rivals sought to take advantage of Trump’s absence by making an attempt to face out from the pack.
Trump landed in Atlanta round 7 p.m. and was pushed to jail for the reserving course of. He provided a wave and thumbs-up as he descended the steps of his non-public airplane.
He accomplished the method in a brisk 20 minutes, offering officers as is customary together with his bodily measurements: 6 foot 3 inches. 215 kilos. Blond or strawberry hair. And Trump, who for 4 years within the White Home reveled within the title of “Mr. President,” was given the inmate variety of P01135809.
The Fulton County prosecution is the fourth felony case towards Trump since March, when he turned the primary former president in U.S. historical past to be indicted. Since then, he’s confronted federal costs in Florida and Washington, and this month he was indicted in Atlanta with 18 others — together with his ex-chief of employees, Mark Meadows, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — underneath a racketeering statute usually related to gang members and arranged crime.
District Lawyer Fani Willis had given all the defendants till Friday afternoon to show themselves in on the essential Fulton County jail.
Simply forward of his give up, Trump employed a brand new lead legal professional for the Georgia case.
Outstanding Atlanta felony protection legal professional Steve Sadow changed one other high-profile felony protection legal professional, Drew Findling, who had represented Trump as just lately as Monday when his bond phrases have been negotiated. However by Thursday Findling was not a part of the crew, in accordance with an individual with information of the change who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate the matter publicly.
Sadow stated in an announcement that “the president ought to by no means have been indicted. He’s harmless of all the costs introduced towards him.”
Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He stated in a social media put up this week that he was being prosecuted for what he described in capital letters as a “good telephone name” through which he requested the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to assist him “discover 11,780 votes” for him to overturn his loss within the state to Democrat Joe Biden.
The Fulton County jail the place Trump surrendered has lengthy been a troubled facility. The Justice Division final month opened a civil rights investigation into situations, citing filthy cells, violence and the loss of life final yr of a person whose physique was discovered lined in bugs in the primary jail’s psychiatric wing. Three individuals have died in Fulton County custody up to now month.
He didn’t spend a lot time there. His attorneys and prosecutors had already agreed to a $200,000 bond, plus situations that embrace barring the previous president from intimidating co-defendants, witnesses or victims within the case.
Charles Shaw, CEO of Foster Bail Bonds in metro Atlanta, stated his firm put up Trump’s $200,000 bond. Shaw stated Trump paid his firm 10% — or $20,000 — which is customary for bail bondsmen to cost. Shaw stated he doesn’t know Trump, however that Trump’s Atlanta protection attorneys have a detailed enterprise relationship together with his firm.
Not like in different jurisdictions, in Fulton County, arraignments — through which a defendant seems in courtroom for the primary time — typically occur after a defendant surrenders on the jail and completes the reserving course of, not on the identical day.
Meaning Trump might must make one other journey to Georgia within the coming weeks although the Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace has stated some arraignments within the case might occur just about if the choose permits. Or Trump’s arraignment may very well be waived.
Tucker reported from Washington, Colvin from New York. Related Press writers Sudhin Thanawala, Jeff Amy and Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga. contributed to this report.