Rudy Giuliani and other Trump defendants surrender in Georgia election case
Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has surrendered in an Atlanta, Georgia prison on charges of helping Trump try to overturn his loss in the 2020 election in the state.
Giuliani, whose bail is set at $150,000 (£118,000), faces 13 counts including extortion.
The former New York mayor is one of 19 people, including Trump, charged in the election interference case.
Trump said he would come to the jail to be booked on Thursday afternoon.
Upon leaving Fulton County Jail, Giuliani told reporters he was “honoured” to be involved in the case.
“This case is a fight for our way of life,” he added. “This indictment is a farce.”
Giuliani and Trump face the most charges of all the defendants.
Ahead of Giuliani, seven of Trump’s co-defendants had arrived in Atlanta to turn themselves in, including attorney John Eastman, Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall, and Sidney Powell — another attorney who allegedly played a central role in efforts to undermine the 2020 election. presidency in Georgia.
Former Georgia GOP chair David Schaeffer, Cathy Latham, Ray Smith III and Kenneth Chesebrough also surrendered.
Fulton County prosecutors have set a deadline of Friday noon local time for each of the defendants to surrender and be booked into the Atlanta jail.
Those who were booked on Wednesday were photographed and posted to the Fulton County website within hours.
It is also expected that Mr Trump will be photographed when he is booked into prison.
Like Giuliani, the former president faces 13 counts, including racketeering and election interference. Although Trump has not yet filed a petition, he denies any wrongdoing and says the accusations are politically motivated.
In a Wednesday post on TruthSocial, Trump said he would “proudly be arrested” Thursday afternoon.
“No one has fought for election integrity like President Donald J. Trump,” he wrote.
Trump has already secured a $200,000 bond and was released with other conditions of release, such as banning him from using social media to directly or indirectly threaten alleged co-conspirators or potential witnesses.
Prosecutors consider Eastman, 63, a key figure in a plot to interfere with the results of the 2020 election.
The California law professor represented Trump in a lawsuit trying to overturn election results in four states he lost to President Joe Biden in 2020.
He was released on Tuesday on a $100,000 (£78,500) bond agreement after being booked and spending a few hours inside jail.
He was then asked outside the court if he still believed the 2020 election was stolen. “There is certainly no doubt in my mind,” he said, adding that he would “vigorously contest everything in the indictment.”
Mr. Eastman faces seven counts related to his alleged involvement in breaching voting regulations in Coffee County in January 2021.
One of the defendants, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, filed court papers asking the judge to issue an immediate ruling in an effort to move his case from Fulton County to federal court, or – alternatively – to issue an order protecting him from arrest in Georgia.
The filing came after Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis denied a request to delay Mr. Meadows’ arrest. An email from Ms. Willis included in the file states that Mr. Meadows is “no different than any other criminal defendant in this jurisdiction.”
A similar request was made by former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. Attorneys for the two men argued that their alleged actions should be dealt with by the federal court system, as they were federal officials at the time of their alleged involvement in the case.
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Trump has faced criticism for not paying legal fees to his co-defendants.
One of them, Trump’s former attorney Jenna Ellis, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, “This has become a bigger than one man principle. Why not MAGA, Inc. fund everyone’s defense?”
Another former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is now a fierce critic of his former boss, told CNN on Tuesday that Trump had not paid Giuliani’s fees. The BBC has contacted Giuliani’s lawyer for comment.
The Georgia case is the latest in a series of criminal indictments filed against Trump.
He faces 78 charges in three other criminal cases, including an investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified documents.