9m ago / 9:30 PM EDT
One of the Jan. 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ organizers posts fake mug shot of herself
Amy Kremer, an organizer of the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 who has not been indicted in the Fulton County case, posted a digitally altered image that adapts the style of the mug shots of defendants who have surrendered.
“I stand with my colleagues fighting for election integrity,” Kremer wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
She also repeated the lie that the 2020 election was stolen before she clarified that the image had been “photoshopped.”
8m ago / 9:31 PM EDT
Giuliani says no ‘political theater’ mug shot is needed when Trump surrenders
Giuliani today criticized plans to take a mug shot of Trump when he turns himself in tomorrow.
In a livestream on X, formerly known as Twitter, Giuliani said it was unnecessary to take a booking photo of someone as well-known as Trump.
“That’s all done for … political theater,” said Giuliani, one of Trump’s 18 co-defendants.
Giuliani’s mug shot was released today after he surrendered at the Fulton County Jail.
7m ago / 9:33 PM EDT
Willis files response opposing Meadows’ effort to move case to federal court
Willis filed a response today to Meadows’ request to move his case to federal court, arguing that his alleged actions had violated the Hatch Act.
“Because the defendant faces charges that do not arise from conduct under the color of his office, and because he can offer no plausible federal defense, the State of Georgia respectfully requests that this Court remand the case to the Superior Court of Fulton County,” Willis wrote in a 22-page filing. “Federal law prohibits employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.”
Willis argued that Meadows’ indictment “results directly from his disregard for the lawful scope of his official duties” and highlighted a clause in the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence “to interfere with or affect the result of an election.”
An attorney for Meadows didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment tonight.
Meadows last week sought to move his case to federal court, citing a federal law that allows U.S. officers to remove civil actions or criminal prosecutions in state court for alleged actions taken “under color” of their offices to U.S. District Court.
Earlier today, a federal judge in Georgia denied Meadows’ bid to delay his arrest in Fulton County ahead of a hearing on the matter scheduled for Monday. Willis has given all 19 defendants until noon Friday to voluntarily surrender.
1h ago / 8:18 PM EDT
Video appears to show Giuliani entering a bail bond agency
Aerial video appears to show Giuliani entering a building with a sign for A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds, a bail bond agency, the day he surrendered to Fulton County authorities.
1h ago / 8:19 PM EDT
Trump co-defendant was previously charged with assaulting an FBI agent
William Prescott Floyd, who faces three counts in the Georgia election case, was charged in May with assaulting a federal officer, recently unearthed court documents show.
Floyd, who was charged alongside Trump with racketeering and also in connection with his conduct toward Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman, was charged a few months back after a pair of FBI special agents served him a federal grand jury subpoena at his Maryland home.
The Washington Post first reported on Floyd’s alleged assault of the agent, who was reportedly delivering a subpoena in connection with special counsel Jack Smith’s election probe. Trump is the only defendant in Smith’s election case indictment, which mentions six unindicted co-conspirators.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for Maryland, special agents from the FBI’s Washington field office served Floyd a federal grand jury subpoena on Feb. 23, requiring him to appear before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.
An attorney for Floyd in the Maryland case and a spokesperson for the special counsel’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment tonight.
Floyd has yet to surrender in the Georgia case. Willis has given all 19 defendants until noon Friday to surrender voluntarily. Almost half of the defendants have surrendered.
1h ago / 8:20 PM EDT
What to watch for during tonight’s debate, absent Trump
Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, plans to skip tonight’s presidential debate and counterprogram it from the safety and comfort of a taped interview with right-wing commentator Tucker Carlson. But the former president will very much be present in spirit.
His criminal indictments, including charges stemming from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election in his favor, have been a specter in the race. And questions about his character and fitness for office have bedeviled his rivals, all of whom were required to pledge loyalty to their party’s eventual nominee in exchange for a spot on the stage. (Trump has not signed the pledge.)
How Fox News moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum handle the absent Trump will be one of several storylines to monitor. But with few exceptions, the GOP contenders have shown little appetite for taking him on directly.
Read the full story here.
1h ago / 8:22 PM EDT
Federal judge rejects Mark Meadows’ bid to delay arrest
A federal judge in Georgia has denied Meadows’ bid to delay his arrest.
“Meadows argues that his federal officer status and federal immunity defense protect him from being arrested and being brought to trial in state court,” U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones wrote, noting that Meadows’ case has not been moved to federal court.
“While the Court understands Meadows’s argument that the federal immunity defense includes an immunity against arrest, the statutory language” of the applicable law “is clear that the state court proceedings continue until the Court has assumed jurisdiction over the case.”
“The Court has made no determinations at this time about the viability of Meadows’s defense, and leaves such findings for after the evidentiary hearing,” which is scheduled for Monday, Jones wrote.
Willis has given all defendants until noon Friday to surrender voluntarily; otherwise, arrest warrants will be issued.
Jones ruled shortly after he denied a similar request from Clark.
1h ago / 8:24 PM EDT
Federal judge denies Jeffrey Clark’s bid for a stay of his arrest
A federal court judge in Georgia issued an order today denying Jeffrey Clark’s bid for an emergency stay of his Fulton County arrest warrant.
In a six-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones said Clark’s arguments weren’t supported by the law.
Clark argued that he was entitled to an order blocking the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office from arresting him, saying in part he should be given a temporary reprieve because he’s trying to get the case moved from state to federal court.
Jones said today that under federal law, state criminal proceedings can continue until the matter is resolved.
Jones ruled shortly after the DA’s office filed a withering response to Clark’s motion, calling his arguments “wrong on the law, wrong on the facts” and “a fundamental misunderstanding of criminal procedure—both state and federal.”
Willis has given Trump and his 18 co-defendants, including Clark, until noon Friday to voluntarily surrender. About half of the defendants have surrendered.
1h ago / 8:25 PM EDT
Trump defends Giuliani on Truth Social
Trump defended his former lawyer on social media today after Giuliani surrendered.
“The greatest Mayor in the history of New York City was just ARRESTED in Atlanta, Georgia, because he fought for Election Integrity,” Trump said on Truth Social.
He also repeated his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Trump has said he will surrender at the Fulton County Jail tomorrow.