Law enforcement officials are preparing for former president Trump to travel to Atlanta on Thursday and surrender at the Fulton County Jail on charges that he illegally conspired to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia. Prosecutors say Trump and 18 of his allies broke the law when they sought to reverse Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia, the Washington Post reports. Trump was charged last week with 13 counts, including violating the state’s anti-racketeering act, soliciting a public officer to violate their oath, conspiring to impersonate a public officer, conspiring to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiring to file false documents. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has told the 19 defendants that they must surrender to the jail by noon Friday. At least six had turned themselves in as of Wednesday morning, while two others have appealed to a federal judge for permission not to show up.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who served as a lawyer for Trump and was key to his efforts after the 2020 election, confirmed Wednesday that he was headed to Georgia “to comply with the law, as I always do.” Former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik was accompanying Giuliani, noting that Kerik is doing so to help navigate the surrender process. Four of Trump’s co-defendants turned themselves in to the Fulton County Jail late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to online jail records. They include former state GOP chair David Shafer, former Coffee County GOP chair Cathy Latham and attorneys Ray Smith and Ken Chesebro, who were indicted for their roles forming a plan to use false slates of Republican electors to keep Trump in office.