Like a series of dominoes beginning to collapse, those accused of attempting to reverse Georgia state’s election results in the 2020 presidential election have begun turning themselves in to authorities. Three names were known early Tuesday: John Eastman, Scott Hall and David Shafer.
So far, all have agreed to a bail agreement with the prosecutor. “I’m here today to surrender to a charge that should never have been brought,” John Eastman said when he appeared before Fulton County authorities. I continue, “My legal team and I will vigorously deny all counts in the prosecution that mention me and all counts that mention others.”
Eastman is a former attorney for former President Donald Trump. He is part of the group involved in the case, which is being led by District Attorney Fani Willis, along with 16 others and along with the former president. His bail was set at $100,000.
For his part, David Shafer agreed to bail for 7$5,000 to the DA’s office. Shafer has been the leader of the Georgia Republican Party since 2019 and, according to a judge, is accused of playing “an excessive role in organizing the signatures” during the state’s ballot certification process.
The first whose delivery was made public was Scott Hall, who works as a bail bondsman in Atlanta and is accused of his alleged involvement in violating the electoral system in Coffee County, Georgia. This Tuesday he was jailed for an hour before being released after a court settlement for $200,000.
It is expected that the experience of these initial surrenders will be key to understanding how the majority of the accused are being treated. Other suspects include former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani; and, among others, Jeffrey Clark, an official in the Trump administration’s Department of Justice. The defendants’ deadline for self-reporting is Friday at 12 p.m. Miami time.
But the story’s protagonist, Trump, has said it will be delivered on Thursday. “Can you believe it? I will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday to be ARRESTED,” he said in a post on his social network Truth Social, in which he also reiterated that he believes this case “is being in strict coordination with carried out by the Ministry of Justice of the Corrupt Joe BidenTherefore, “it’s about election interference.” The announcement came after bail of $200,000 was also posted for that frame.
In Georgia last week, Trump was indicted on 13 counts by a Georgia grand jury for attempting to rig the election results in which incumbent Joe Biden won by a narrow margin. The Magante pleaded not guilty to all crimes, including one
very seriously. He is accused of rape the RICO Act (for the acronym in English) is often used against mafia bosses and can result in several years in prison if proven guilty at trial.
This is Trump’s fourth criminal indictment, in addition to that of a Washington DC grand jury for allegedly attempting to overturn the 2020 election result and furthering the attack on the capital; one in New York for payments to former porn actress Stormy Daniels; and another criminal case in Florida alleging misuse of classified documents and obstruction of justice.
Its judicial future is uncertain and it is tied to the elections. The first pre-candidate debate for the Republican nomination for the 2024 election will take place this Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trump has stated that he will not participate in this in-person debate. It’s not clear if his decision will be upheld for next week. But you don’t have to go. The night is already expected to be packed with attacks and hints of their legal woes. His campaign wants to take advantage of the more than 20-point lead over his closest competitor, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and not risk it.
Trump will keep his words and his voters will believe him. According to the latest NBC poll, a majority of voters expected to attend the Iowa Republican caucuses believe former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election against President Joe Biden. Those beliefs persist despite the lack of evidence of significant voter fraud in these elections and dozens of trials in which judges, some appointed by Trump, have dismissed allegations of fraud. However, given the echoes from Trump, the facts seem unclear.