All eyes on Fulton County Thursday as Trump is set to surrender on RICO charges at Fulton jail

By: - August 23, 2023 8:59 pm

Sharon Anderson of Etowah, Tennessee and Mike Boatman of Evansville, Indiana traveled to Atlanta this week to support former President Donald Trump. (Jill Nolin/Georgia Recorder)

Ten defendants in the Fulton County election interference case are still due at the county jail this week, but Thursday will be all about one of them: former President Donald Trump.

Trump, who has agreed to a $200,000 bond, posted on Truth Social that he “will proudly be arrested” Thursday afternoon.

A rally is planned for him outside the jail Thursday morning, and some supporters — as well as his critics — were already standing alongside the road Wednesday despite the withering heat.

Sharon Anderson, an east Tennessee resident who says she sells eggs, canned goods and her own folk art to fund her Trump-related travel, stood at the entrance of the jail all day Wednesday to wave a “Trump 2024” flag she had tied to fishing pole.

“Donald J. Trump fights every day. Fights endlessly, tirelessly, relentlessly for our country’s best benefit,” Anderson said. “This is the least I can do. As hot as it is out here, I can stand more. If he does what he does, I can be his cheerleader.”

Anderson, who is part of a group of supporters who normally travels together to attend rallies, said she plans to be there Thursday when Trump turns himself in, waving her flag.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of nine defendants had turned themselves in at the county jail this week. Trump’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was booked and released Wednesday afternoon after agreeing to a $150,000 bond.

Giuliani, who faces 13 counts, spoke briefly to a swarm of reporters gathered on Rice Street who shouted questions at the former New York City mayor in a frenzied rush that hinted at the circus to come Thursday.

Giuliani told reporters he spoke with Trump Wednesday.

“I have every confidence in him. What they are doing to him is an assault on the American constitution, and I say to my American citizens, this could happen to you if you don’t stop this,” he said before getting into a black SUV.

Two of Trump’s other attorneys, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, were also booked and released Wednesday. Powell, who faces seven charges, agreed to a $100,000 bond. Ellis faces two charges and agreed to a $100,000 bond. All told, seven defendants were booked Wednesday, and two surrendered Tuesday.

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Jill Nolin
Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.