Former President Donald Trump and his 18 co-defendants named in the Georgia election indictment on Aug. 14 will be booked at the Fulton County jail once they voluntarily surrender later this month, according to the sheriff’s office.
“At this point, based on guidance received from the District Attorney’s office and presiding judge, it is expected that all 19 defendants named in the indictment will be booked at the Rice Street Jail,” said Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Natalie Ammons in an emailed statement to Axios.
Fulton County jail, which has housed more than 3,000 inmates in recent years, is located on Rice Street, northwest of downtown Atlanta.
“Keep in mind, defendants can turn themselves in at any time. The jail is open 24/7,” the statement from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office continued.
“Also, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, some circumstances may change with little or no warning,” the spokeswoman said.
Earlier this month, Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat suggested that President Trump and his co-defendants would be treated like any other defendant and would not be given special treatment once they surrender to Fulton County officials, including having their fingerprints and a mugshot taken.
No Special Treatment
“Unless someone tells me differently we will be following normal practices. It doesn’t matter your status, we will have mugshots ready for you,” Mr. Labat told ABC affiliate WSB-TV.
The sheriff also said officials in Fulton County were taking notes after watching the indictments and arraignments against President Trump in New York, Miami, and Washington, D.C., and would apply similar arrangements for him there.
President Trump was charged with 13 counts in Monday’s indictment bought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in relation to his efforts to dispute the results of the 2020 election in the state.
The charges against him include a violation of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act), solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, and conspiracy to commit filing of false documents, among others.
The latest indictment marks the fourth bought against President Trump so far this year.
He has denied all wrongdoing.
Trump Vows to Release ‘Conclusive Report’
President Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election indictment include his former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyers John Eastman and Sidney Powell, and his former attorney Jenna Ellis, along with over a dozen more.
They were all charged with at least one count of violating Georgia’s RICO Act, among others.
According to the indictment, which states that President Trump “lost the United States presidential election” on Nov. 30, 2020, both he and the defendants “refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states.”
Speaking at a press conference Monday following the indictment announcement, Ms. Willis said the defendants in the indictment must “voluntarily surrender” to Fulton County officials by Aug. 25 at noon.
So far, President Trump and others listed in the indictment have not yet indicated if they will indeed hand themselves over to authorities.
On Tuesday, the Republican 2024 presidential candidate called the latest charges against him a “witch hunt” and vowed to release a “large, complex, detailed but irrefutable report on the presidential election fraud which took place in Georgia.”
“Based on the results of this conclusive report, all charges should be dropped against me and others – There will be a complete EXONERATION!” President Trump wrote on Truth Social. “They never went after those that Rigged the Election. They only went after those that fought to find the RIGGERS!” he said.
From The Epoch Times