First defendant in the Georgia election Trump case surrenders to county jail


Cars drive through the entrance to the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, August 21, 2023.

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The first of 19 defendants in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump surrendered to custody at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Scott Hall, a Georgia bail officer charged with seven felony counts, has been booked and as of 9:20 a.m. has not yet been released, according to the jail. website.

All defendants in the case must surrender in jail by Friday. Trump, who faces 13 criminal charges, said on social media late Monday that he would surrender on Thursday.

Trump’s announcement came hours after a Fulton County judge set him $200,000 bail and barred him from many forms of potential witness intimidation.

Hall’s bond was set at $10,000.

The 41-count indictment was filed by Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis, who alleged that Trump and his co-defendants illegally conspired to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election by interfering with the results of Georgia.

Hall is charged with violating Georgia’s racketeering statute, conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, and conspiracy to defraud the state.

Willis Hall’s indictment accuses him of attempting to illegally break into election machines in Coffee County, Georgia, on January 7, 2021, the day after the attack on the Washington Capitol.

The indictment alleges that Hall and several other defendants, including pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, knowingly tampered with electronic poll markers and Dominion tabulators with the intent of taking data. The indictment stated that their efforts put official ballot papers in the hands of unauthorized persons outside the province.

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