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Trump Announces When He Will Surrender to Fulton County Authorities

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Former President Donald Trump has announced when he plans to turn himself into authorities in Fulton County, Ga., after being indicted by District Attorney Fani Willis earlier this month on charges related to the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Along with Trump, 18 others were indicted, including former lawyers, legal advisers, and campaign staff.

“Can you believe it? I’ll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a Radical Left District Attorney, Fani Willis, who is overseeing one of the greatest Murder and Violent Crime DISASTERS in American History,” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post Monday evening. “In my case, the trip to Atlanta is not for “murder,” but for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL!”

Trump then mocked the DA for seeking a $200,000 bond which he attributed to Willis believing he is a “flight risk.”

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“The failed District Attorney of Fulton County (Atlanta), Fani Willis, insisted on a $200,000 Bond from me. I assume, therefore, that she thought I was a ‘flight’ risk – I’d fly far away, maybe to Russia, Russia, Russia, share a gold domed suite with Vladimir, never to be seen or heard from again,” he wrote in another post. “Would I be able to take my very ‘understated’ airplane with the gold TRUMP affixed for all to see. Probably not, I’d be much better off flying commercial – I’m sure nobody would recognize me!”

Last week, Willis brought a comprehensive 41-count indictment against Trump and 18 co-conspirators, alleging that the defendants sought to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election through actions that allegedly violated Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Furthermore, the indictment accuses them of enticing an official to breach their sworn oath of office.

Andrew McCarthy, who once served as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, said in an opinion piece written for The Messenger that challenging the outcome of an election is not a criminal act and that in order an actual criminal operation must be a constant, never-ending threat.

Though the state’s RICO law allows prosecutors to link various crimes allegedly committed by many defendants, McCarthy wrote in his piece there is “a giant hole” because of “the lack of a clear crime to which Trump and his co-defendants can plausibly be said to have agreed.”

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The Daily Wire noted:

Racketeering conspiracy charges typically apply to mafia-type criminal organizations that engage in offenses you would see in an episode of “The Sopranos.” But because conspiracy charges require an agreement with two or more people to violate a criminal statute, McCarthy said that if there is no agreement about committing a crime, there is no conspiracy.

In the indictment, Willis alleges that Trump and the co-conspirators tried to keep the former president in power after the 2020 election results claimed otherwise by explicitly attempting to “change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.” Yet trying to reverse the election results without sharing an “overarching objective” is technically not a crime, McCarthy said.

In addition, McCarthy said he believes that the DA is trying to get around proving the objective by using tautology in the charges. He noted that specifically, on page 14 of the indictment, that Trump and his allies allegedly engaged in a “conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.”

“That is, the lawful objective of changing the election outcome somehow becomes unlawful because she invokes the apparently talismanic word ‘unlawful,’” McCarthy wrote. “But there is no crime of unlawfully trying to change an election outcome — not in Georgia law nor any other American law.”

“Let’s put RICO to the side for a moment and focus on conspiracy. Very simply, a conspiracy is an agreement to violate a criminal statute. It takes two to tango, so a conspiracy must minimally involve a pair of people. Beyond that, though, it can involve three people, 19 people, 100 people — any number,” he wrote “Regardless of how many people are said to be implicated, however, there is always one requirement: There must be a meeting of the minds about the crime that is the objective of the conspiracy.”

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