25 Aug 2023

Donald Trump Arrested After Surrendering On Charges Of Election Fraud; Spent 20 Minutes In Jail

Donald Trump surrendered to the Fulton County police on Friday morning in connection with the fraud in the US presidential election. After this the police arrested him and took him to Fulton County Jail. He was entered in police records as prisoner number P01135809.

Trump was photographed as accused. He came out of jail after 20 minutes. With this, Trump has become the first US President to have his mugshot taken as a prisoner. Trump paid a $2 lakh bond with conditions before his release.

Trump spoke to reporters after coming out of jail. He said, 'I did nothing wrong.' Trump is accused of fraud and forgery for overturning the presidential election results in Georgia. Apart from him, 18 more people have been made accused in the case.

The court gave Trump time to surrender by 25 August. Four criminal cases have been registered against the former US President in 5 months. Along with him, a case has also been registered against former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The charge sheet states that Trump and his associates deliberately tried to get the results of the election in their favor.

Protestors gathered outside the jail. They could be heard yelling against District Attorney Fani Willis, who charged Trump and 18 others in the election subversion case.

'Lock Fani up!' the former president's supporters chanted.

Trump landed at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday.

Prior to Trump’s arrival, law enforcement beefed up security outside of the Fulton County jail.

More than 10 agencies from the Metro Atlanta area were at the scene. Canine units were deployed to make sure there were no explosives and drones could be seen flying in the air.

What is Georgia Criminal Case against Trump?

After the presidential election in 2020, Trump was accused of trying to overturn the results. On January 2, 2021, there was a call between Trump and Georgia's Election Officer Brad Raffensperger for about an hour. The call was made from the White House office at 2:41 pm on January 3. 

Trump told Raffensperger over the phone that he should recount the votes so that the state's 16 electoral votes may go to him. The call recording was first published by the Washington Post. According to this, Trump had said that I want only 11,780 votes. This is one vote more than the margin of victory. During this, Trump also threatened Raffensperger of a criminal case if he did not agree.

Last year, a special grand jury recorded statements of 75 witnesses in the case over several months. Trump may be the Republican Party's candidate for the 2024 presidential election in the US. Despite the continuous criminal cases being registered against him, his popularity has not diminished.

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