Former President Donald Trump was arrested on Thursday at a jail in Atlanta, Georgia, after he surrendered to authorities on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit election fraud. He was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury for his actions after the 2024 presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden.
Trump and 18 co-defendants, including his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, are accused of pressuring Georgia officials to overturn the election results in favor of Trump. They allegedly made false and misleading statements, threatened violence, and solicited bribes.
Trump's mug shot, which showed him scowling and wearing a red tie, was released shortly after he left the jail. He was released on a $10 million bond and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. He is also barred from contacting any witnesses or co-defendants, and from leaving the country.
Trump's arrest marks a dramatic fall from grace for the former president, who still has a loyal base of supporters and has hinted at running again in 2028. He has denied any wrongdoing and called the case a “witch hunt” and a “hoax”.
The case is expected to go to trial next year and could result in prison sentences of up to 20 years for Trump and his co-defendants.