Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was booked and released from an Atlanta jail Thursday in connection with the Georgia criminal case accusing ex-President Donald Trump and his allies of illegally trying to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
Meadows is charged with racketeering and soliciting a violation of an oath by a public officer. His bond was set at $100,000 earlier Thursday.
The same day, the bond for Jeffrey Clark, a pro-Trump former Department of Justice lawyer, was set at $100,000 as well. Clark faces the same racketeering charge, along with one count of attempting to commit false statements and writings.
The consent bond orders in Fulton County Superior Court came hours before Trump was expected to travel to Atlanta to surrender on his own criminal charges in the sprawling grand jury indictment being prosecuted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. [Continue reading…]
Mark Meadows was a “ringleader” in the events surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, according to a top adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 25, 2023
Georgia prosecutors asked a state judge to schedule Donald Trump’s racketeering trial for Oct. 23, 2023, an unexpectedly expedited timeline that they proposed in response to a formal demand by one of Trump’s 18 codefendants for a speedy trial.
The demand came Wednesday from Kenneth Chesebro, an attorney who is accused of orchestrating a scheme to send false electors to Congress. His speedy trial demand seeks to force a quick trial that comes within, or shortly after, the term of the grand jury that issued the indictment against Trump and his allies. On Thursday morning, Chesebro asked for an “expedited” arraignment to facilitate his speedy trial effort.