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First Trump allies in Georgia election subversion case surrender

Published Aug 22, 2023 09:19AM ET Updated Aug 22, 2023 10:36PM ET
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By Jack Queen

ATLANTA (Reuters) -The first of Donald Trump's co-defendants in Georgia's criminal case accusing the former U.S. president and his associates of subverting his 2020 election loss surrendered at an Atlanta jail on Tuesday, according to county records and a statement.

Trump's former lawyer John Eastman and Republican poll watcher Scott Hall both surrendered to the county sheriff's office.

It is expected that the remaining 17 defendants named in the indictment will surrender by Friday, the office said in a statement.

Trump was set to turn himself in on Thursday to face his fourth criminal indictment this year.

Trump, the front-runner for the Republican 2024 White House nomination, has lambasted all the prosecutions as politically motivated and continues to claim falsely that his 2020 loss to Democratic President Joe Biden was the result of fraud.

Eastman said in a statement he would surrender, the day after agreeing to a $100,000 bond agreement.

"I am here today to surrender to an indictment that should never have been brought," Eastman said in the statement. "It represents a crossing of the Rubicon for our country, implicating the fundamental First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances."

Hall, a Republican poll watcher in Georgia's Fulton County, was booked by the county's sheriff's office on Tuesday, the jail records showed.

Hall previously agreed to a $10,000 bond deal requiring that he report to pre-trial supervision every 30 days.

Trump on Monday agreed to post a $200,000 bond and accepted bail conditions that would bar him from threatening co-defendants or witnesses in the case.

In a 41-count Georgia indictment unveiled last week, Trump and 18 other defendants were charged with racketeering and other crimes over their efforts to reverse Trump's loss in the state to Biden.

Prosecutors are seeking a trial in March, but the number of defendants and complexity of the case could lead to delays.

Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, sought last week to move the case to federal court and dismiss it on the grounds he is immune from prosecution for actions he took as a federal official.

Meadows asked to delay his surrender until after a hearing in federal court on Monday but was rebuffed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who told his lawyers she will seek his arrest if he does not turn himself in by Friday afternoon, court records showed.

Trump and the rest of the defendants are likely to raise similar arguments, which could cause delays as their lawyers spar with prosecutors in pretrial litigation.

Trump faces indictments in three other separate criminal cases.

He has been charged in Washington, D.C., over his efforts to overturn the election, in Florida over his handling of classified documents upon leaving office, and in New York over a hush money payment to a porn star.

First Trump allies in Georgia election subversion case surrender
 

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Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 24, 2023 9:30AM ET
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Trump 2024!
First Last
First Last Aug 24, 2023 9:30AM ET
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Yup  ... in prison where he belongs!
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 23, 2023 10:01AM ET
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Big Don called John and Scott and wanted to know how the Booking Process went. "Well, we showed up and the Night Janitor offered us some coffee. We waited around for about an hour. The place was deserted. So we left and went to the Waffle House down the street for some Grits, Ham, and Eggs. Went back after a few hours. Had a few Krispy Kreme donuts from a box the night Janitor left. Parking was easy. Around noon we left. Lots of your Supporters outside the courthouse .That's about it Mr. President." Later, Rufus.
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 23, 2023 9:21AM ET
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Alright everybody .... I know Trumps victory in the polls is baffling to your feeble little brains and you just can't understand what is going on. You've done all the ranting and raving so much you get all tuckered out and you just want to crab that baby bottle and look out the window for a while. So take a break, and start fresh later. Go Trump! Later, Rufus.
Tom Scheuermann
Tom Scheuermann Aug 23, 2023 9:21AM ET
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I love it. Republicans lobbing a losing candidate over the plate for the Dems to crush out of the park. you think the Dems worry about Trump? they salivate at the thought the loser of the house, senate, and presidency, in one term mind you, is the Republican nominee.
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 23, 2023 9:21AM ET
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Tommy, Glad the Dems have quit worrying about Big Don. Just Go take your Booster Shot, Raise your Queer Flag, Watch the Lib News for more propaganda, plug in that Prius, take the Cat for a walk, get that $20 cup of coffee at Star Bucks, and just keep doing what Lib Turds do. No one cares anymore about you. Trump Patriots are light years ahead of you Dweebs. Later, Rufus.
Tom Scheuermann
Tom Scheuermann Aug 23, 2023 9:21AM ET
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buhahhaha, keep telling yourself the alternative to Trump is this nonsense. if you don't like the direction of the country after you lose AGAIN lol you should probably move somewhere else? maybe Russia, China...idk, Trump seems to think these are great countries. good luck
First Last
First Last Aug 23, 2023 9:21AM ET
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Charles Manson   You think the Trumps, who sit on golden toilets in their gilded residences and flushed with retrumplican political donations, are slumming it drinking $1 coffees instead of $20 coffees?
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 23, 2023 12:03AM ET
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meanwhile, traitor-trump has thrown another of his 'friends' under the bus, as is his habit, by refusing to pay the sad and broke giuliani's legal fees...
Darren Caris
DJC1 Aug 22, 2023 11:38PM ET
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Reuters is the media arm of the left wing cabal
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 22, 2023 11:38PM ET
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yes! yes! they are all adrenachrome-snorting monsters...🤡
John Conforti
John Conforti Aug 22, 2023 10:48PM ET
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A complete act of desperation , so obvious and shameless . What are the accusers hiding to go to these ridiculous lengths?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 22, 2023 10:48PM ET
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Yeah, the volumes of evidence amount to nothing but the nonexistent hold the key to truth. His did MAGA get their heads turned around so backwards?
First Last
First Last Aug 22, 2023 10:48PM ET
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Brad Albright    Weak, uneducated minds are easier to brainwash.
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 22, 2023 6:56PM ET
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In Georgia, you are a Criminal first. You are Guilty first, now you have to prove your innocence. Those Jim Crow laws just never go away. Heard "Aunt Fanima" has a pen holder on her desk that reads "Never Trust Whitey". Georgia is sooo back woods. Later, Rufus.
First Last
First Last Aug 22, 2023 6:56PM ET
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You're playing the race victimization card for Trump!?  Ha ha!
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 22, 2023 6:51PM ET
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"IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU!" That's the American Way! You Beta Male MAGAPhobes just don't get it. In 2025, "Aunt Fanima", and her Black Pather Pimp Daddy, will be arrested and Tried for Treason under the New Trump Regime, some of you Lib Turds might want to start looking for other Lib Turd friendly countries to live. America doesn't want you anymore. Later, Rufus.
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Yup.  Trump went after the American democracy and the American democracy is defending itself.
Jake Vee
Jake Vee Aug 22, 2023 6:51PM ET
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The REPUBLIC in which we live is broken may be beyond repair. Appears to be because of people like you two.
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Aug 22, 2023 6:48PM ET
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Every "Inquisition" Big Don faces will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Could take years. The SCOTUS folks will have to hear the case because of the case involving Big Don. They like these new type cases that they have never reviewed before. Anyway, by then Big Don will be sitting nicely in the Oval Office after a Land Slide victory and constantly updating his Hit List of Traitors. Great Days ahead. Later, Rufus.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Aug 22, 2023 6:35PM ET
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Trump is a proven pathetic weak con man who is going down. supported by ignorant racists and bigots that want to bring down Americans democracy...
 
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