First defendant in Trump Georgia election case surrenders at county jail

Vehicles drive in an entrance to the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 21, 2023.
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The first of the 19 co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump surrendered for booking the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Scott Hall, a Georgia bail bondsman charged with seven criminal counts, was booked and as of 9:20 a.m. ET had yet to be released, according to the jail’s website.

All the co-defendants in the case must surrender at the jail by Friday. Trump, who faces 13 criminal counts, said on social media late Monday that he would surrender Thursday.

Trump’s announcement came hours after a judge in Fulton County set his bond at $200,000 and barred him from numerous forms of potential witness intimidation.

Hall’s bond was set at $10,000.

The 41-count indictment was brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who alleges that Trump and his co-defendants illegally conspired to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election by interfering in Georgia’s results.

Hall is charged with violating Georgia’s racketeering law, conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit a felony and conspiracy to defraud the state.

Willis’ indictment accuses Hall of attempting to illegally break into election machines in Coffee County, Georgia, on Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the attack on the Capitol in Washington.

Hall and several other co-defendants, including pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, willfully tampered with electronic ballot markers and Dominion tabulating machines with the intention of taking data, the indictment alleges. Their efforts put official ballots into the hands of unauthorized people outside the county, according to the indictment.

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