June 17, 2024

Donald Trump arrested in election case, mug shot released

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Former US President Donald Trump was arrested at a Georgia jail Thursday on racketeering and conspiracy charges and released on a $200,000 bond after having a historic mug shot taken.

Trump, who is accused of colluding with 18 other defendants to overturn the 2020 election result in the southern state, spent less than 30 minutes inside Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail before leaving in a motorcade for the airport.

In the photograph released by the sheriff’s office, he scowled at the camera while dressed in a dark blue suit, white shirt, and red tie.

Like the other defendants in the case who have surrendered so far, the 77-year-old Trump had his mug shot taken during the booking process—a first for any serving or former US president.

However, speaking to reporters after his arrest, Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said it was a “very sad day for America.”

Trump posted the mug shot on his own Truth Social platform with the caption “Election Interference” and a link to his campaign website.

A short while later, he also posted it on X, formerly Twitter, which was Trump’s favorite bullhorn until he was banned from it after the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

In conclusion, new owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump on X in November of last year, but Trump stayed away and posted instead on Truth Social. This was Trump’s first post since 2021 on what had been Twitter.

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