Harrison Floyd, who was the director of “Black Voices for Trump” throughout his 2020 marketing campaign, surrendered to authorities in Fulton County on Thursday the place he was arrested for his half in the sweeping 41-count prison indictment.
Mr Trump and the opposite dozen defendants who’ve to date turned themselves in for arrest sailed in and out of the jail shortly after posting bond.
However Mr Floyd wasn’t so fortunate.
Not like the others, the inmate – below reserving quantity 2313818 – didn’t have a pre-arranged bond and so is now being held without bond contained in the infamous jail.
It is not clear why he didn’t negotiate a bond with Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis in advance – or whether or not he has the funds to pay one.
Nonetheless, it has emerged that his arrest in the Georgia election interference case comes simply three months after he was charged with assaulting an FBI agent in Maryland.
Court docket data present that Mr Floyd was arrested on federal prices again in Might accused of aggressively confronting two FBI brokers who had been despatched to serve him with a grand jury subpoena.
In response to the paperwork, he screamed, cursed and jabbed a finger in one of many agent’s faces and chest-bumped them in a stairwell.
Now, Mr Floyd is additionally charged with three counts of violating the RICO Act, conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statements and writings and influencing witnesses in the Georgia election interference case.
His prices stem from the harassment of Fulton County election employee Ruby Freeman who was falsely accused of counting fraudulent votes.
Mr Floyd and different Trump allies allegedly took half in a dialog with Ms Freeman on 4 January 2020 the place they pressured her to commit election fraud. She refused.
Mr Floyd was arrested hours earlier than Mr Trump surrendered to Fulton County authorities on Thursday night to face 13 prices in the sweeping RICO indictment.
The previous president was booked into Fulton County Jail the place he was fingerprinted and had his mugshot taken – marking a historic second as the primary present or former president to ever be captured in a reserving photograph.
In every of his different three arrests, Mr Trump has prevented having to sit down for a mugshot.
This time spherical, Fulton County officers vowed that the previous president can be handled the identical as another defendant in their county.
The previous president flew on his personal jet Trump Drive One from his Bedminster golf membership to Atlanta, Georgia, to give up to authorities on Thursday night – a time he is mentioned to have intentionally orchestrated to optimise on primetime protection.
He was booked into the jail as inmate quantity P01135809 and had his peak recorded as 6ft3 and weight as 215 kilos.
The latter raised a number of eyebrows – coming 25 kilos lighter than the burden recorded at his April arrest in New York, with CNN reporting that Mr Trump’s crew self-reported his weight somewhat than being measured on the jail.
Bond was set for Mr Trump at $200,000 with him paying 10 p.c in order to be launched.
Mr Trump used his historic – and scowling – mugshot to mark his first return to X, previously Twitter, since his ban in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot.
The previous president’s account was restored in November however he was but to submit on it, as a substitute preferring to make use of his platform Reality Social.
In his first post-ban tweet, he shared his mugshot alongside a hyperlink to his fundraising web site on Thursday evening.
He additionally fumed that he’d had a “horrible expertise” – regardless of admitting he had been “handled very properly” on the jail – in an interview with Newsmax.
A number of of Mr Trump’s different 18 codefendants in the case – together with former Mr Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell – had additionally already surrendered previous to Mr Trump however a handful are but to take action.
All of them have a deadline of midday ET on Friday.
All 19 of the defendants had been charged with violating Georgia’s RICO statute.
The indictment accuses Mr Trump and his allies of orchestrating and operating a prison enterprise in Fulton County, Georgia, and elsewhere, to “accomplish the unlawful aim of permitting Donald J. Trump to grab the presidential time period of workplace, starting on January 20, 2021”.
“This prison group constituted an enterprise as that time period is deﬁned in O.C.G.A. § l6-14-3(3), that is, a bunch of people related in truth. The Defendants and different members and associates of the enterprise had connections and relationships with each other and with the enterprise,” it reads.
The prison organisation’s members and associates “engaged in numerous associated prison actions together with, however not restricted to, false statements and writings, impersonating a public ofﬁcer, forgery, ﬁling false paperwork, inﬂuencing witnesses, laptop theft, laptop trespass, laptop invasion of privateness, conspiracy to defraud the state, acts involving theft, and perjury”.
The opposite co-defendants are former White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows, “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell, attorneys John Eastman, Kenneth Cheseboro, Jenna Ellis, Ray Smith III, and Robert Cheeley, former US Division of Justice official Jeffrey Clark, former Trump marketing campaign official Michael Roman, former state senator and the previous chair of the Georgia Republican Occasion David Schafer, Georgia state senator Shawn Nonetheless, Lutheran pastor Stephen Lee, blended martial artist Harrison Floyd, Kanye West’s former PR Trevian Kutti, former head of the Republican Occasion in Espresso County Cathleen Latham, Atlanta-area bail bondsman Scott Corridor, and former election supervisor of Espresso County Misty Hampton.
DA Willis has spent greater than two years investigating efforts by Mr Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome in the essential swing state.
The investigation got here following the discharge of a 2 January 2021 cellphone name Mr Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the place he informed him to “discover” sufficient votes to vary the result of the election in the state.
“All I need to do is this: I simply need to discover 11,780 votes, which is another than we’ve got,” Mr Trump is heard saying in the leaked cellphone name. “As a result of we gained the state.”
Mr Biden gained the state by lower than 12,000 votes.
The investigation then expanded from that cellphone name to incorporate a scheme whereby a bunch of faux Republican electors deliberate to falsely certify the outcomes in Mr Trump’s favour as a substitute of Mr Biden’s. The plot failed and the faux electors have since reached immunity offers with DA Willis’ workplace.
Ms Willis mentioned she want to attempt the defendants altogether and throughout the subsequent six months.
In complete, the previous president is now dealing with 91 prices from 4 separate prison circumstances.
On 1 August, he was hit with a federal indictment charging him with 4 counts over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the occasions main as much as the January 6 Capitol riot, following an investigation led by particular counsel Jack Smith’s workplace.
This got here after Mr Smith’s workplace charged Mr Trump in a separate indictment over his alleged mishandling of labeled paperwork on leaving workplace.
Again in April, Mr Trump was charged for the primary time with New York state prices following an investigation into hush cash funds made previous to the 2016 election.