More Trump co-defendants surrender at Fulton County Jail in Georgia

August 23, 2023

Four more of Trump’s 18 co-defendants surrendered Wednesday morning at Fulton County Jail related to the investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, bringing the total, so far, to six.

The four booked Wednesday morning were Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro, state legislator David Shafer, Georgia-based lawyer Ray Smith and former Coffee County GOP chair Cathy Latham, according to the Fulton County Jail docket.

Also Wednesday morning, former Trump attorney and co-defendant Rudy Giuliani departed New York for Atlanta, where the jail is located.

“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, former Mayor of New York City, told reporters.

All 19 co-defendants, including Trump, were indicted by a grand jury last week related to attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has given each of the co-defendants until Friday to “voluntarily surrender” or face an arrest warrant.

Along with other various charges, each of the co-defendants was charged with racketeering. Georgia’s RICO statute is much stricter than the federal statute, and a suspect could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each racketeering count.

The four jail bookings so far Wednesday morning follow surrenders Tuesday by former Trump attorney John Eastman, the author of the fake electors scheme, and Atlanta bail bondsman Scott Hall on charges that include conspiring to unlawfully access voter data and ballot counting machines at the rural Coffee County election office on January 7, 2021.

On Monday, Trump agreed to a $200,000 bond deal. That evening the former President posted on social media that he’ll be turning himself in at the Fulton County jail on Thursday.

The six co-defendants who’ve been booked so far are among at least ten of the 19 who have reached bond agreements with Fulton County prosecutors, ranging from $10,000 to Trump’s $200,000.

Giulani was not among the ten. He was expected to finalize a bond agreement in Georgia later Wednesday.

Last week, Giuliani said in court he’s effectively out of cash and facing six figures’ worth of legal bills and sanctions after working for the former President.

This Tuesday it was revealed that Trump is hosting a $100,000 per person fundraiser for Giuliani at the former President’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on September 7. 

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