Updated Aug 23, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he'll "proudly be arrested" tomorrow in Georgia

 Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the Steer N' Stein bar at the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former President Trump arrives for a rally at the Steer N' Stein bar at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Former President Trump plans to surrender on Thursday ahead of a Friday deadline in the Fulton County indictment.

Why it matters: Trump is planning to skip the first Republican primary debate on Wednesday — and his looming surrender is likely to overshadow any of his GOP rivals who break through on stage.

Driving the news: "I will proudly be arrested tomorrow afternoon in Georgia," Trump wrote on his Truth Social account.

  • Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis gave Trump and his 18 co-defendants until noon on Friday to surrender to authorities in the case.

The big picture: Trump was charged last week with 13 counts in the probe into his alleged efforts to flip Georgia's 2020 election results.

  • The most sweeping count that Trump faces in Georgia relates to a mobster statute, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO).
  • Some of Trump's co-defendants in the case have already surrendered this week ahead of the deadline, including conservative lawyer John Eastman and bail bondsman Scott Hall.
  • Trump's bail has been set at $200,000 in the Fulton County prosecution, and he's been ordered to abide by rules on his use of social media.
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