Uncharted Waters: Trump’s Booking Dilemma in Fulton County

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FILE - Former President Donald Trump waves as he steps off his plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Aug. 3, 2023, in Arlington, Va. A slim majority of Americans approve of the U.S. Justice Department indicting Trump over his efforts to remain in office after losing the 2020 election, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Former President Donald Trump’s surrender in Georgia could look a little different than previous indictments. In a developing story, the former president facing criminal charges in Fulton County is a unique situation, as he and his associates have until August 25 to voluntarily surrender.

Well known for its deplorable conditions, the Fulton County Jail is under civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Normally, defendants face a lengthy booking process here, but Trump’s status complicates the matter significantly.

While Fulton County officials, including Sheriff Patrick Labat, insist that Trump and his associates will be processed like any other defendant, the security requirements for a former president are unprecedented.

Trump’s team is in negotiations with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis about the logistics of his surrender and potential release terms.

If Trump and his co-defendants don’t secure a bond agreement before surrendering, they could be held in custody just like other defendants.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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