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Donald Trump Becomes First US President Arrested and Photographed in Georgia Prison on Racketeering and Conspiracy Charges

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Donald Trump Arrested on Racketeering and Conspiracy Charges

On Thursday, former US President Donald Trump made history as the first president to be photographed after being arrested in a Georgia prison. He was charged with racketeering and conspiracy, accused of conspiring with 18 other defendants to overturn the result of the 2020 election in the state. Trump spent less than 30 minutes in the Fulton County Jail before being released on $200,000 bail. This booking process and photograph were unprecedented for a current or former US president.

Trump’s Reaction and Posting on Social Media

Following his arrest, Trump, who is a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, expressed his disappointment, calling it a “mockery of justice.” He denied any wrongdoing and shared the booking photo on his own platform, TruthSocial, with the caption “election interference” and a link to his campaign website. He also posted the photo on X – Twitter Ex, which he previously used until being banned after the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Trump had returned to X in November but preferred posting on Truth Social.

Trump’s Legal Troubles and Court Dates

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Trump’s arrest marked the fourth set of criminal charges against him since April. Despite previous arrests in New York, Florida, and Washington, he had managed to avoid being photographed. The billionaire now faces a year filled with court appearances as he balances legal proceedings with another presidential campaign. His trials may coincide with the 2024 Republican primary and the general election in November 2024.

Supporters Outside the Prison and Legal Proceedings

A group of Trump’s supporters gathered outside the Fulton County Jail during his arrest. Some viewed the case as political persecution turned into a political trial. The district attorney who brought the racketeering charges set a deadline for Trump and the other defendants to surrender. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani have already turned themselves in and been released on bail. Trump’s trial dates have been a point of contention between the special counsel and his lawyers, with proposed start dates ranging from January 2024 to April 2026.

Upcoming Trials and Potential Impact on Elections

If the trials proceed as scheduled, they may coincide with the Republican primary season and the campaign for the 2024 presidential election. The Georgia trial for the racketeering case, as well as the New York trial for hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, are both expected to take place next year. The Florida case, involving classified government documents, is scheduled for May. These legal proceedings add an element of drama and uncertainty to Trump’s political future.

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