Trump’s bond in Georgia election case set at $200,000


Former U.S. president and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump leaves after speaking at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 12, 2023.

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A judge set former U.S. President Donald Trump‘s bond at $200,000 in the Georgia criminal case accusing him of conspiring to overturn his loss in the state’s 2020 election, a court filing showed Monday.

The filing, called a consent bond order, came four days before the deadline for Trump and his 18 co-defendants to surrender in Georgia.

Departing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office Monday, Trump’s attorneys said they had “just about” finalized the terms of Trump’s surrender later this week, according to NBC News reporters on the ground in Atlanta.

Willis’ sprawling indictment accuses Trump and his co-defendants of conspiring to undo President Joe Biden‘s legitimate Electoral College victory in Georgia as part of a broader effort to reverse the national election result.

Trump is charged with 13 counts of crimes including racketeering, criminal conspiracy and filing false documents. It’s the second set of election interference-related charges against Trump, who has been indicted in four separate criminal cases this year.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set Trump’s bond for the racketeering charge at $80,000, while the remaining 12 counts each received bond amounts of $10,000, the court filing shows.

The bond document orders Trump not to “intimidate any person known to him or her to be a co-defendant or witness in this case or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice.”

Unlike several other co-defendants’ bond sheets, Trump’s offers several examples of acts that would violate that order.

Trump shall make “no direct or indirect threat of any nature” against any co-defendant, victim or witness, including the 30 unindicted co-conspirators referenced in Willis’ indictment. Trump must also not make any threat against “the community or to any property in the community,” the bond order states.

The order adds, “The above shall include, but are not limited to, posts on social media or reposts of posts made by another individual on social media.”

Trump is also prohibited from speaking about the facts of the case with any co-defendants, except through his counsel.

Trump has not yet surrendered in Georgia. The bond terms can be crafted in advance so that a defendant is not held in jail while the conditions of their release are worked out.

Other co-defendants’ consent bond orders came streaming in Monday.

McAfee set a $100,000 bond for John Eastman, the pro-Trump lawyer who is charged with nine counts in the Georgia case.

Kenneth Chesebro, another pro-Trump lawyer and co-defendant, had his bond set at $100,000 on one count of racketeering and six counts of criminal conspiracy.

Ray Smith’s bond was set at $50,000, while the judge set a $10,000 bond for Scott Hall.

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