Georgia election case: Trump, other 18 defendants surrender to authorities

Former President Trump was processed and released on bail.

Former President Donald Trump and the 18 other defendants charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for their alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia all surrendered to authorities at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.

Trump and 17 other defendants were processed and released on bail, with one defendant held without bond. Several defendants also mounted legal challenges to the DA's case.

Harrison Floyd still being held after judge denies bail

A judge has denied bond for defendant Harrison Floyd, which means the Black Voices for Trump member will likely stay in the Fulton County Jail through the weekend.

Floyd, who is accused in the DA's indictment of helping strong-arm election worker Ruby Freeman, is the only defendant being held in custody after the other 18 defendants were processed and released on bail this week.

Superior Court Judge Emily Richardson, in a hearing Friday afternoon, denied Floyd's bond due to what she said was his "risk to commit additional felonies and potential risks to flee the jurisdiction."

Floyd was the only defendant who surrendered without a pre-negotiated bond, resulting in the Fulton County Sheriff's office taking him into custody Thursday afternoon.

Floyd was charged in May with simple assault of a federal officer after prosecutors say he struck an FBI agent who was attempting to serve him a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in a separate case.

"I do find that based on an open charge against you, there are grounds for bond to be denied at this point," Judge Richardson told Floyd. She said Judge Scott McAfee would reconsider bond during Floyd's next hearing.

Final 2 mug shots released by sheriff's office

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office has released mug shots of the final two defendants to surrender for processing.

Chicago pastor Stephan Lee is alleged in the DA's indictment to have traveled to the home of election worker Ruby Freeman "with intent to influence her testimony" after Freeman was falsely accused of stealing ballots.

Trump staff member Michael Roman allegedly worked to commit acts "in furtherance of the conspiracy," according to the indictment.

Sheriff's office releases 5 more mug shots

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office has released mug shots of five of the final seven defendants to turn themselves in for processing.

The mug shots released were of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, Georgia state Sen. Shawn Still, former Coffee County elections director Misty Hampton, Georgia lawyer Robert Cheeley and publicist Trevian Kutti.

4th defendant seeks to move case to federal court

Shawn Still, a recently elected Georgia state senator who was one of the so-called "fake electors" accused in the DA's indictment of working to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, has filed a motion seeking to move his case to federal court -- making him the fourth defendant in the case to do so.

Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, and former Georgia GOP chair David Shafer all previously filed their own motions seeking removal to federal court.

Although Still is not a federal official, his motion argues that he "was acting, or was acting under, an officer of the United States" in his role as an alternate elector -- a similar argument to Shafer's motion.

"That is, the role of presidential elector is a federal one -- created and directed by the United States Constitution and Congress. Thus, Mr. Still, acting as a presidential elector, was a federal officer," Still's filing says.

Still's filing also argues that he was following the advice of authorities on the matter, saying, "Mr. Still, as a presidential elector, was also acting at the direction of the incumbent President of the United States. The President's attorneys instructed Mr. Still and the other contingent electors that they had to meet and cast their ballots on December 14, 2020, in order to preserve the presidential election contest."

Still is charged with eight counts in the indictment, including impersonating a public officer and forgery in the first degree.

Trump attorney Sidney Powell gets $100,000 bond

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set bond for Trump attorney Sidney Powell at $100,000.

Powell’s bail conditions include not communicating with witnesses and co-defendants, reporting to pretrial services by phone every month and not obstructing justice by intimidating witnesses.

Powell’s consent order marks the 13th bond package for a defendant so far.

According to prosecutors, Powell allegedly coordinated with an Atlanta company to obtain breached election data from Coffee County. She worked on Trump’s campaign after the 2020 election.