On the evening of Aug. 24, Donald Trump was arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail. The former Commander-in-Chief arrived at the controversial facility located on Rice Street with a motorcade in tow. Several surrounding streets were blocked, creating a traffic headache for nearby residents and businesses in the West Midtown community.
When Trump arrived at the jail, he was allowed to give his own weight, height and eye color. He was finger printed, and his mugshot was taken. It was the first time in modern history that a former U.S. President had a mugshot taken.
Following his release, Trump spoke to reporters before boarding his private jet.
“I did nothing wrong,” Trump claimed. “This is their way of campaigning..We have every single right to challenge an election that we think is dishonest.”
Trump must follow several rules that includes no communication with any co-defendants or witnesses in the case, except through his lawyers. And he also can’t threaten any witnesses on social media. The latter may prove to be an issue for Trump who has often walked the line when it comes to intimidating witnesses, prosecutors, and judges on social media and during campaign speeches.
If he violates the terms of his probation, Trump can be arrested and forced to remain behind bars until his trial begins. District Attorney Fani Willis has asked for the trial to start on Oct. 23, 2023.