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Trump will surrender to Georgia authorities on Thursday

Former President Donald Trump says he will surrender to authorities in Georgia on Thursday to face charges that he interfered with 2020 election results.

“Can you believe it? I’ll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a Radical Left District Attorney, Fani Willis, who is overseeing one of the greatest Murder and Violent Crime DISASTERS in American History,” he wrote on Truth Social.

“In my case, the trip to Atlanta is not for ‘Murder,’ but for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL! She campaigned and is continuing to campaign, and raise money, on this WITCH HUNT. This is in strict coordination with Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ. It is all about ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”

Trump is one of 18 defendants whom Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed charges under  Georgia’s Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act which has traditionally been brought against mafia activities.  Trump was charged with 13 of the 161 racketeering charges.

A bond of $200,000 (pdf) was placed on Trump on Monday by Judge Scott McAfee.

The former president and other defendants have bond conditions that prohibit what they can say, but Trump is the only one whose restrictions include specific details, including prohibiting him from making any “direct or indirect threat of any nature” against codefendants, victims, the community, including in his “posts on social media or reposts of posts made by another individual on social media.

The surrender at the Fulton County Jail will come just hours after the first GOP Primary Presidential debate which Trump is expected to skip. His polls have continued to climb since his first indictment in April.

Polls taken of Iowa GOP caucus voters in recent days by the Des Moines Register, Mediacom and NBC News see Trump at 42 percent and DeSantis at 19 percent and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) placed third with 9 percent.

Besides the Georgia case, Trump is facing charges brought against him by the Department of Justice in both Washington, D.C., and Florida. Like the Georgia case, the Washington case concerns his challenge of the 2020 election results, but in federal instead of state court. The Florida case, also in federal court, regards his alleged mishandling of classified documents. Both cases are being overseen by special counsel Jack Smith.

–Wire services

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