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Donald Trump to turn himself in on Thursday over Georgia indictment: Report

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Former President Donald Trump plans to turn himself in and be processed at the Fulton County jail in Georgia on Thursday, CNN reported on Monday, citing sources.

Former US President Donald Trump(AP)

That date was set during negotiations with the Fulton County district attorney’s office on Monday over his consent bond and release conditions, CNN reported.

In a 98-page Georgia indictment revealed last week, Trump and 18 other defendants were charged with a total of 41 criminal counts in connection with efforts to overturn Trump’s loss in the 2020 election in the state.

When Trump surrenders, there will be a “hard lockdown” of the area surrounding the Rice Street Jail, the local sheriff’s office said earlier on Monday. It did not mention the timing of the surrender.

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump will face a $200,000 bond and orders not to send threatening social media messages as the former U.S. president awaits trial in Georgia on charges of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss, a court filing on Monday showed.

The document, a bond agreement signed by Trump’s attorneys and Fulton Country District Attorney Fani Willis, also set out release terms including restrictions on intimidating witnesses and obstructing justice.

Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and his co-defendants were indicted on Aug. 14. Willis gave them until Friday at noon ET (1600 GMT) to surrender or face arrest.

Prosecutors in the case have proposed that the trial start on March 4, while Trump’s lawyers have asked for a 2026 trial.

Trump’s reported surrender on Thursday will come a day after the first Republican primary presidential debate that the former president does not plan to attend.

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