HomePoliticsGeorgia election case live updates: Trump en route to Atlanta for anticipated bookingGeorgia election case live updates: Trump en route to Atlanta for anticipated bookingThu, August 24, 2023 by ABC NewsSHARE NOW Fulton County Sheriff's Office(ATLANTA) — The 19 defendants charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for their alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia are in the process of negotiating their bond terms and surrendering to be processed and released from the Fulton County Jail prior to the Friday deadline set by the district attorney.Former President Donald Trump, whose bail was set by a judge at $200,000, is expected to surrender to authorities on Thursday.Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern:Aug 24, 6:28 PM EDT John Eastman will seek speedy trial separate from others, lawyer saysAppearing on CNN, John Eastman’s attorney Harvey Silverglate said his client intends to sever his case from his co-defendants and pursue a speedy trial.“We are going to move to sever his case from the others and move for a severed trial which means we want to be tried alone,” Silverglate said. “We’d like to have a speedy trial — that is, we would like to be tried right away. It’ll take three weeks and the whole nightmare will be over for him.”As of Thursday evening, Eastman has not filed a speedy trial motion or a motion to sever his case, according to his docket.Eastman is charged with nine counts, including solicitation as well as conspiracies to commit forgery, make false statements and impersonate a public officer. The former Trump lawyer is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to solicit public officers to unlawfully appoint Georgia presidential electors.Defendant Kenneth Chesebro has also filed for a speedy trial, while Mark Meadows, Kenneth Clark and David Shafer have separately filed to have their cases moved into federal court.Aug 24, 5:26 PM EDT Trump plane takes off for AtlantaTrump’s plane has taken off from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport en route to Atlanta for his anticipated booking at the Fulton County Jail this evening.Aug 24, 4:54 PM EDT Hearing scheduled on Jeffrey Clark’s bid to move charges to federal courtJudge Steve Jones has set a hearing date of Sept. 18 for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark’s bid to move his Fulton County criminal charges to federal court.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may submit a written response to Clark’s notice of removal no later than Sept. 5, according to Jones’ order.Co-defendants Mark Meadows and David Shafer are also seeking to move their cases into federal court.Aug 24, 4:29 PM EDT Trump motorcade pulls into Newark AirportThe motorcade carrying Trump has arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport, where the former president is expected to board a flight to Atlanta for his anticipated booking at the Fulton County Jail this evening.Aug 24, 4:20 PM EDT Kenneth Chesebro’s trial date set for Oct. 23Judge Scott McAfee has set Kenneth Chesebro’s trial to begin on Oct. 23, according to a scheduling order.The attorney’s arraignment will occur on Sept. 6, unless waived, according to the order.The deadlines only apply to Chesebro and no other defendant, per the order, which follows Chesebro’s request for a speedy trial filed on Wednesday.District Attorney Fani Willis had requested an October trial date for all 19 defendants following Chesebro’s request, but Trump is opposing that motion.Aug 24, 4:01 PM EDT Trump motorcade leaves Bedminster, New JerseyTrump’s motorcade has left Bedminster, New Jersey, en route to Newark Liberty International Airport ahead of his anticipated booking at the Fulton County Jail this evening.Aug 24, 3:45 PM EDT Mug shots released of Meadows, Harrison FloydThe Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has released mug shots of Mark Meadows and Harrison Floyd, the most recent of the case’s 19 defendants to be booked.All 19 defendants have negotiated their bond packages, except for Floyd, who remains in custody at the Fulton County Jail. Ten of the 19 defendants have been processed and released.Aug 24, 3:17 PM EDT Mark Meadows releasedMark Meadows has been released after surrendering at the Fulton County Jail, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said.The former Trump chief of staff posted bond of $100,000.The remaining eight defendants who have not yet turned themselves in are expected to surrender by Friday’s noon deadline, the office said.Aug 24, 3:14 PM EDT Harrison Floyd booked without securing bondHarrison Floyd has been booked into Fulton County Jail, according to the Fulton County inmate database. No bond has been set for Floyd, according to his docket.Floyd did not previously negotiate his bond agreement and remains in custody at the jail, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said.All of the other defendants who have been booked so far secured their bond package before entering the Fulton County Jail for processing.The former director of Black Voices for Trump, Floyd allegedly worked to solicit Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman.Aug 24, 2:48 PM EDT Trump opposes DA motion for October trial dateIn Trump’s first filing in the case, his attorney is now pushing back on the DA’s motion — which requested an Oct. 23 trial start date for all 19 defendants — saying they oppose it.“President Trump respectfully puts the Court on notice that he opposes the State’s ‘motion for entry of pretrial scheduling order’ and ‘motion to specially set trial,"” the filing states.Trump attorney Steven Sadow also notified the court that they would be filing “a timely motion” to sever the case from Cheseboro — who requested the speedy trial– as well as any other defendant who “files such a demand.”“President Trump further respectfully puts the Court on notice that he requests the Court set a scheduling conference at its earliest convenience so he can be heard on the State’s motions for entry of pretrial scheduling order and to specially set trial,” the filing states.Aug 24, 2:28 PM EDT Mark Meadows booked into Fulton County JailMark Meadows has been booked at the Fulton County Jail, according to the Fulton County inmate database.The former chief of staff unsuccessfully tried to prevent his surrender by filing an emergency motion to stay earlier this week, which was rejected on Wednesday.His bond has been set at $100,000.Aug 24, 1:35 PM EDT Bond for former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark set at $100,000Bond for former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark has been set at $100,000.Clark’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month, surrendering by noon on Friday and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.Clark unsuccessfully tried to prevent his surrender by filing an emergency motion to stay earlier this week, which was rejected Wednesday in district court.The indictment alleged that Clark, while serving as a high-ranking DOJ official, made false statements in writing and in person to the acting attorney general and deputy attorney general, requesting authorization to tell Georgia officials that the DOJ “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia.”Aug 24, 1:09 PM EDT DA Fani Willis requests trial date beginning Oct. 23District Attorney Fani Willis requested a trial start date of Oct. 23, 2023, for all 19 defendants, according to a filing in response to Kenneth Chesebro’s demand for a speedy trial.“The State of Georgia, through Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, and respectfully requests that this Court specially set the trial in this case to commence for all 19 defendants on October 23, 2023,” the motion said.Aug 24, 1:06 PM EDT Former Ye publicist and Trump supporter Trevian Kutti gets $75K bondTrevian Kutti, a publicist who previously represented controversial musicians R. Kelly and Ye, has been given a $75,000 bond, according to her bond agreement signed by Judge Scott McAfee.Kutti’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.Prosecutors allege that Kutti traveled from Chicago to Atlanta and attempted to contact Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker, in order to convince her to report election fraud claims in testimony.Aug 24, 12:53 PM EDT Mark Meadows’ bond set at $100KFulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set bond for former chief of staff Mark Meadows at $100,000.His bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.The bond also included a line to ensure he surrenders at Fulton County Jail by Friday at noon.“The Defendant shall turn himself into the Fulton County Jail by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, August 25, 2023. If the Defendant does not turn himself into the Fulton County Jail by this date and time, this consent bond order shall be null and void,” the consent order said.Meadows had sought to delay surrendering as he tried to get his case moved to federal court, but that was rejected Wednesday.Aug 24, 12:03 PM EDT Fulton County DA subpoenas Raffensperger for Mark Meadows hearing next weekAhead of the hearing scheduled next week over Mark Meadows’ effort to move the Fulton County RICO case to federal court, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has now issued multiple subpoenas for witnesses to appear, according to court filings in the case.A federal judge last week ordered an “evidentiary hearing” on Meadows’ motion to remove the case to federal court. Now, four witnesses are subpoenaed to appear.Willis filed subpoenas on Thursday that had been issued for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and investigator Francis Watson — both of whom Trump called in the wake of the 2020 election as part of his alleged effort to overturn the results.Earlier this week, Willis also filed subpoenas for Kurt Hilbert and Alex Kaufman — both of whom were on the Trump-Raffensperger call, according to a transcript of the call.The subpoenas instruct the witnesses to appear in court for the Meadows hearing on Monday, according to copies of the subpoenas included in the court filings.That hearing is set for Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. in Atlanta.Aug 24, 11:06 AM EDT GOP-led committee opens investigation into DA Fani WillisThe same day Donald Trump is expected to surrender at Fulton County Jail, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, launched a probe into whether District Attorney Fani Willis coordinated with federal officials, including special counsel Jack Smith.In a new letter, Jordan demands information and communications with the Department of Justice and federal officials on the funding Willis’ office receives.“Ms. Willis’s indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding her actions raise serious concerns about whether such actions are politically motivated,” the release states.Willis rejected any claims of the indictments being politically motivated in a recent radio interview.“There’s really nothing sexy about this,” Willis told Atlanta Up Close’s Maria Boynton. “There’s allegations of a crime and then to look at the law and if the facts bear out that the law has been broken, then we have a duty and a responsibility to bring charges.”-ABC News’ Lauren Peller and Peter CharalambousAug 24, 8:44 AM EDT Trump expected to shake up legal team ahead of surrenderFormer President Donald Trump is expected to shake up his legal team as soon as Thursday, just hours ahead of plans for Trump to surrender to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News.Drew Findling is expected to depart the team and be replaced by attorney Steven Sadow, according to the sources.Aug 24, 7:25 AM EDT Trump expected to surrender in Georgia ThursdayFormer President Donald Trump is expected to surrender to authorities in Georgia on Thursday.A judge had set his bond at $200,000 on Tuesday.Trump and 18 others were charged last week by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a sweeping racketeering indictment for alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia.The former president says his actions were not illegal and that the investigation is politically motivated.Aug 23, 6:54 PM EDT Willis says she had ‘a duty and a responsibility to bring charges’Speaking on a local Atlanta radio show, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis defended her decision to bring the sprawling racketeering case, arguing that the case is an even-handed application of the law.“There’s really nothing sexy about this,” Willis told Atlanta Up Close’s Maria Boynton. “There’s allegations of a crime, and then to look at the law and if the facts bear out that the law has been broken, then we have a duty and a responsibility to bring charges.”The DA also said that recent threats made against her will not deter her from pursuing her case against the former president and his co-defendants.“In the words of Jay-Z, brush my shoulders off and we just keep pushing,” Willis said. “That is not going to deter me from doing my job.”Willis described the process of determining defendants’ bond amounts as “literally just plugging things in” to a formula based on factors related to a defendant’s flight risk. She also reiterated her past statement about the requirement for all defendants to surrender for processing by Friday at noon.“Should people fail to turn themselves in, then a warrant will be filed on the system, and they’ll have to be arrested,” she said.Of the 19 defendants, 15 have negotiated their bond packages and nine have subsequently been booked and released.Aug 23, 6:12 PM EDT Judge denies Meadows’ motion to move case to federal courtA federal judge has denied former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ emergency motion seeking removal of his Fulton County case to federal court.The judge also denied Meadows’ bid to prevent his arrest.“While Meadows’ imminent arrest may present an actual injury, there are strong countervailing reasons to not enjoin the state criminal proceedings,” the judge said in the ruling.Meadows last week filed a motion to move his case on the basis of a federal law that he argued requires the removal of criminal proceedings brought in state court to the federal court system when someone is charged for actions they allegedly took as a federal official acting “under color” of their office.“The Court determines that, the clear statutory language for removing a criminal prosecution, does not support an injunction or temporary stay prohibiting District Attorney Willis’ enforcement or execution of the arrest warrant against Meadows,” the judge said in denying the motion.Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and former Georgia GOP chair David Shafer have also filed motions seeking to move their cases into federal court.Aug 23, 6:03 PM EDT Chesebro files request for a speedy trialAttorney Kenneth Chesebro, one of the 19 defendants charged in the DA’s indictment, has filed a request for a speedy trial — a development that a RICO expert says could have a “massive” impact on the case.Chris Timmons, a former Georgia prosecutor who is an expert on Georgia racketeering laws — which are known as RICO for short — tells ABC News that when a defendant files a speedy trial demand, they have to be tried within a certain amount of time, or they are acquitted by law.Though it’s not immediately clear what the exact effect will be in this case, Timmons said that many of the defendants won’t be ready for trial that quickly, meaning the case could end up having multiple trials.“That completely changes the strategy of this trial,” Timmons said.Referring to his time as a prosecutor, Timmons said, “We used to view [speedy trial requests] as a declaration of war. It means you are ready to go now.”Cheseboro, a former Trump-aligned attorney, faces seven counts in the indictment, which alleges that he outlined “multiple strategies for disrupting and delaying the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”Aug 23, 5:40 PM EDT Judge denies Clark’s motion for emergency stayUnited States District Court Judge Steve Jones has denied Jeffrey Clark’s motion for an emergency stay in his case.Clark, a former Justice Department official, had sought an emergency stay of the Fulton County proceedings, including his arrest warrant, until after Labor Day, so a judge could rule on his motion to remove his case to federal court.Clark, in a separate motion, is seeking to remove his case to federal court on the basis that he was serving as a high-ranking DOJ official during the timeframe alleged in the DA’s indictment. Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Georgia GOP chair David Shafer have also filed similar motions.Clark is accused in the indictment of urging senior DOJ officials to falsely tell Georgia state officials that the DOJ had “identified significant concerns” about the tabulation of election returns in the state.Aug 23, 5:19 PM EDT Mug shots released of Giuliani, Powell, EllisThe Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has released mug shots of three of the attorneys who prosecutors say helped lead the efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.Authorities released mug shots taken of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Trump campaign lawyers Sydney Powell and Jenna Ellis.Giuliani was processed at the Fulton County Jail and released on bail. Powell and Ellis were still being processed.Aug 23, 4:38 PM EDT Mug shots released of first 6 defendants processedAuthorities have released mug shots of the first six defendants to surrender in the election interference case.The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office released mug shots taken of attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro, former Georgia GOP chair David Shafer, former Coffee County GOP chair Cathy Latham, Georgia lawyer Ray Smith III and Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall.All six have been processed at the Fulton County Jail and released on bail.Aug 23, 4:12 PM EDT Willis opposes Meadows’ motion to move case to federal courtFulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has responded to Mark Meadows’ emergency motion to prevent his arrest and remove his case to federal court, arguing that the former Trump chief of staff’s arguments are “baseless and in direct contravention with the requirements of the law.”“In essence, the defendant’s emergency motion is a plea to this Court to prevent the defendant from being arrested on the charges lawfully brought by the State of Georgia,” the response said, highlighting that Meadows had previously requested additional time to surrender on two occasions.Willis argued that Meadows’ removal motion only entitles him to an evidentiary hearing, which is already set for August 28; otherwise, criminal proceedings in the case, including his surrender, can continue as planned, the response said.Meadows last week filed a motion to move his case on the basis of a federal law that he argued requires the removal of criminal proceedings brought in state court to the federal court system when someone is charged for actions they allegedly took as a federal official acting “under color” of their office.Among other allegations, the DA’s indictment says Meadows traveled to Cobb County Center and “attempted to observe the signature match audit being performed by law enforcement officers and officials from the Georgia Secretary of State despite the fact that the process was not open to the public” and that he sent a text message to a state investigator on Dec. 27, 2020, asking if there was a way to “speed up” results ahead of Jan. 6, “in furtherance of the conspiracy.”Aug 23, 3:35 PM EDT DA opposes Jeffrey Clark’s motion for emergency stayDistrict Attorney Fani Willis is contesting former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark’s request for an emergency stay of the Fulton County proceedings.Clark had filed a motion in federal court Tuesday seeking an emergency stay of the proceedings, including his arrest warrant, until after Labor Day, so a judge could rule on his motion to remove his case to federal court.In a filing today, Willis wrote that Clark “seeks to avoid the inconvenience and unpleasantness of being arrested … but provides this court with no legal basis to justify those ends.”Clark has filed a separate motion seeking to remove his case to federal court on the basis that he was serving as a high-ranking DOJ official during the timeframe alleged in the DA’s indictment. Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Georgia GOP chair David Shafer have also filed similar motions.Clark is accused in the indictment of making false statements to senior DOJ officials “urging the officials to let him convey the false information to Georgia State Officials” that the DOJ had “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple states, including the State of Georgia.”Aug 23, 3:13 PM EDT Giuliani surrenders for processingFormer Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has surrendered at the Fulton County Jail for processing, according to online records.Bail for the former New York City mayor was set at $150,000 earlier Wednesday.He faces 13 counts related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.Aug 23, 3:01 PM EDT Trump attorney Sidney Powell surrenders to authoritiesTrump attorney Sidney Powell has surrendered to authorities at the Fulton County Jail for processing, according to the jail’s official website.Powell faces 16 counts in the DA’s indictment, including two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer theft.She is accused of conspiring with other co-defendants to commit election fraud by allegedly encouraging and helping people tamper with ballot markers and machines inside an elections office in Coffee County.Powell’s bail was set at $100,000 Wednesday morning.Aug 23, 2:54 PM EDT Judge sets bond for Giuliani at $150,000Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has set bond for former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani at $150,000.As with all defendants in the case, Giuliani’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pre-trial services by phone every month, and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.Giuliani’s bond agreement also includes a line to ensure he surrenders at Fulton County Jail by the Friday deadline DA Fani Willis set for all 19 defendants.“The Defendant shall turn himself into the Fulton County Jail by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, August 25, 2023. If the Defendant does not turn himself into the Fulton County Jail by this date and time, this consent bond order shall be null and void,” the consent order said.Giuliani is expected to surrender at the jail later today, sources have told ABC News.According to prosecutors, Giuliani aided Trump in perpetrating a sweeping effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, including by making false statements to state election officials.Aug 23, 1:56 PM EDT Giuliani’s attorneys to negotiate his bail, say sourcesTwo of Rudy Giuliani’s attorneys are at the Fulton County Courthouse, where sources say they’re expected to meet with the district attorney’s staff to negotiate the bond agreement for the former New York City mayor.Both attorneys declined to comment to ABC News.After his bond is set, Giuliani is expected to surrender later today for processing at the Fulton County Jail.Giuliani, Trump’s one-time personal attorney, faces 13 counts in the DA’s indictment, including three counts of solicitation of violation of oath by public officer and three counts of false statements and writing.Aug 23, 12:10 PM EDT Former elections director Misty Hampton gets $10K bondJudge Scott McAfee signed off on a $10,000 bond for Misty Hampton, the former elections director in Coffee County, who was one of the 19 defendants charged in the Fulton County RICO indictment.Hampton was present in the county elections office on Jan. 7, 2021, when forensic experts from an Atlanta company were allowed to copy software and data from the county’s election equipment, according to prosecutors.Hampton’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.Aug 23, 10:37 AM EDT Trump attorney Sidney Powell gets $100,000 bondFulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set bond for Trump attorney Sidney Powell at $100,000.Powell’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.Powell’s consent order marks the 13th bond package for a defendant so far.According to prosecutors, Powell allegedly coordinated with an Atlanta company to obtain breached election data from Coffee County. She worked on Trump’s campaign after the 2020 election.Aug 23, 9:05 AM EDT Giuliani: ‘Your rights are in jeopardy’Rudy Giuliani, who is facing 13 charges in connection with the effort to overturn election results in Georgia, spoke outside his apartment in New York City early Wednesday before heading to Fulton County to surrender.“I’m going to Georgia and I’m feeling very, very good about it because I feel like I’m defending the rights of all Americans, as I did so many times as a United States attorney,” Giuliani said.“The system of justice is politicized and criminalized for politics,” he added. “Your rights are in jeopardy and your children’s. Donald Trump told you this. They weren’t just coming for him. Well, me. Now they’ve indicted people.”One-time Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani aided Trump in perpetrating a sweeping effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state, according to prosecutors in Fulton County, including by making false statements to state election officials and contributing to the harassment of two election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.Aug 23, 9:05 AM EDT Latham, Shafer also turn themselves inTwo more of former President Trump’s co-defendants have surrendered to Fulton County authorities early Wednesday, according to online jail records: Cathy Latham and David Shafer.Latham, the former GOP chair in Coffee County, is one of 16 Georgia Republicans who signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won the state.Shafer, former Georgia Republican Party chair, is another of the fake Trump electors. He is also among the early defendants to seek to move the case into federal court.-ABC News’ Aaron KaterskyCopyright © 2023, ABC Audio. 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