Trump’s co-defendants granted bond in Fulton election conspiracy case

A police motorcycle is seen entering the Fulton County Jail on Thursday, August 16, 2023. The surrender of the 19 individuals indicted by Fulton prosecutors, including former President Donald Trump, is anticipated within the coming days.

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A police motorcycle is seen entering the Fulton County Jail on Thursday, August 16, 2023. The surrender of the 19 individuals indicted by Fulton prosecutors, including former President Donald Trump, is anticipated within the coming days.

Fourteen of the 18 co-defendants indicted alongside former President Donald Trump in Fulton County were granted bond this week ahead of their expected surrender to the county jail.

The bond orders are signed by Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee, who also set a $200,000 bond for Trump. All defendants still need to report to the Fulton County Jail by Friday at noon, the deadline for surrender set by District Attorney Fani Willis.

As of Tuesday, there were four defendants who didn’t have reported bond agreements: Mark Meadows, Jeffrey Clark, Harrison Floyd, Trevian Kutti.

Conditions of bond for most defendants include requirements to report for pre-trial supervision every 30 days, which may be done by phone, and to appear in court as directed. They are not to violate any other laws, intimidate any witness or co-defendant in the case, and may have no contact with co-defendants or witnesses other than through counsel.

Booking shot of Rudolph Giuliani at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 22, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Rudy Giuliani

Charges (13): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit filing false documents, two counts each of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, three counts each of false statements and writings, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer.

Accusations: Testified at three hearings in the Georgia Legislature in late 2020, where he spread conspiracy theories and falsehoods about the election, including showing lawmakers edited surveillance video of ballots being tabulated at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and raising unfounded allegations about election workers pulling out “suitcases” of ballots.

Claims were quickly debunked, but he doubled down on his comments in the following weeks; Reportedly helped coordinate the Trump electors and called Georgia’s late House Speaker David Ralston in Dec. 2020.

Bond amount: $150,000

Booking shot of John Eastman at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 22, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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John Eastman - Trump campaign attorney

Charges (9): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit filing false documents, filing false documents, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and two counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings.

Accusations: Testified remotely before Georgia lawmakers alongside co-defendant Rudy Giuliani in late 2020, contending there was evidence of widespread fraud in Georgia’s 2020 election; Involved in pressuring Vice President Mike Pence into rejecting the official Democratic electors in Georgia and other swing states in favor of “alternate” Trump electors.

Bond amount: $100,000

Booking shot of Kenneth Chesebro at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Kenneth Chesebro - Trump campaign attorney

Charges (7): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit filing false documents and two counts each of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings.

Accusations: Worked with Georgia GOP leadership to coordinate a slate of “alternate” Republican electors.

Bond amount: $100,000

Booking shot of Jenna Ellis at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 22, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Jenna Ellis - Attorney affiliated with Trump campaign

Charges (2): Violation of the State’s RICO act and solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer

Accusations: Appeared with co-defendant Rudy Giuliani at a Georgia legislative hearing, where she echoed falsehoods about Georgia’s elections; Authored legal memos for former President Donald Trump and his lawyers that said former Vice President Mike Pence should disregard certified electoral college votes form Georgia and other contested states.

Bond amount: $100,000

Booking shot of Sidney Powell at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 22, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Sydney Powell - Trump campaign attorney

Charges (7): Violation of the State’s RICO act, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to defraud the state, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Accusations: Worked on former President Donald Trump’s campaign after the 2020 election; Allegedly coordinated with SullivanStrickler, an Atlanta company, to obtain breached election data from Coffee County; Accused of tasking people to identify Georgia residents who could serve as plaintiffs in suits contesting the state’s election results.

Bond amount: $100,000

Booking shot of David Shafer at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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David Shafer - Former chairman of the Georgia Republican Party

Charges (8): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, impersonating a public officer, criminal attempt to commit filing false documents, two counts of forgery in the first degree and three counts of false statements and writings

Accusations: Oversaw a December 2020 meeting at the state Capitol of 16 GOP electors who signed documents that falsely claimed Trump won the 2020 election; Filed a long-shot lawsuit alongside Trump in 2020 that contested the certification of Georgia’s election.

Bond amount: $75,000

Booking shot of Cathleen Latham at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Cathy Latham - Former Coffee County Republican party leader

Charges (12): Violation of the state’s RICO Act, conspiracy to defraud the state, impersonating a public officer, forgery in the first degree, criminal attempt to commit filing false documents, false statements and writings, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to defraud the state, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Accusations: One of the 16 Republican electors. In January 2021, she welcomed a computer forensics team to the Coffee elections headquarters that copied sensitive elections files in an apparent attempt to prove fraud. Latham helmed the county’s Republican Party at the time.

Bond amount: $75,000

Illinois pastor  Stephen Cliffgard Lee allegedly pressured Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman to falsely admit she committed election fraud in the 2020 election.

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Stephen Lee - Illinois Police chaplain

Charges (5): Violation of the state’s RICO Act, influencing witnesses, conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statements and writings and two counts of criminal attempt to commit influencing witnesses.

Accusations: Paid a surprise visit Freeman’s home in mid-December 2020. In police body cam footage, Lee is heard acknowledging he had knocked on Freeman’s door and offered to provide “pro bono service” to her; Allegedly asked co-defendant Harrison Floyd to arrange a meeting with Freeman to discuss an “immunity deal” in exchange for a false admission of committing election fraud.

Bond amount: $75,000

Booking shot of Ray Smith at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Ray Smith III - Atlanta attorney

Charges (12): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit filing false documents, two counts each of false statements and writings, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and three counts of solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer.

Accusations: A lawyer from the firm Smith & Liss, advised the alternate GOP electors who met in a committee room at the state Capitol to cast votes for Trump and signed documents falsely claiming Trump won.

Bond amount: $50,000

Mike Roman, who worked for the Trump 2020 campaign as director of election day operations, was charged with Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act and other felonies by a Fulton County grand jury.

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Mike Roman - Former Trump campaign official

Charges (7): Violation of the state’s RICO act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit filing false documents, two counts each of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings.

Accusations: Worked for the 2020 Trump campaign as director of Election Day operations; Helped organize slates of phony Trump electors purporting to represent the electoral votes from battleground states, including Georgia.

Bond amount: $50,000

Alpharetta attorney Bob Cheeley was charged with Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act and other felonies by a Fulton County grand jury.

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Robert Cheeley - Alpharetta attorney

Charges (10): Violation of the state’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, false statements and writings, perjury and two counts each of conspiracy to commit filing false documents and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings.

Accusations: Presented video clips to state legislators showing election workers handling ballots at State Farm Arena; Asserted poll workers were double- and triple-counting votes and compared what he said had happened to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Bond amount: $50,000

Booking shot of Scott Hall at the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 22, 2023. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

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Scott Hall - Bail bondsman

Charges (7): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to defraud the state, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Accusations: Seen on security footage at the Coffee County Board of Elections on Jan 7, 2021, where a team of pro-Trump operatives and a forensic data team copied sensitive elections hardware and software.

Bond amount: $10,000

Shawn Still is a Republican candidate for Georgia Senate District 48, which covers parts of Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Still was one of 16 Republicans who signed a document that attempted to award Georgia's electoral votes to Donald Trump.

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Shawn Still - Republican elector, State Senator

Charges (7): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, impersonating a public officer, criminal attempt to commit filing false documents, two counts each of forgery in the first degree and false statements and writings.

Accusations: Before being voted in as a state senator, Still served as one of the 16 alternate Republican Electoral College electors who signed documents falsely claiming Trump won; Sued to decertify all of Georgia’s presidential election results based on allegations there were problems with voting equipment in South Georgia’s Coffee County. The suit was voluntarily dismissed three weeks after it was filed.

Bond amount: $10,000 (signature bond)

Misty Hampton, former elections supervisor for Coffee County, was charged with Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act and other felonies by a Fulton County grand jury.

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Misty Hampton - Former Coffee County elections supervisor

Charges (7): Violation of the State’s RICO Act, conspiracy to defraud the state, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Accusations: Present when Donald Trump supporters accessed voting data; A video she recorded just after the election raised questions about the security of voting machines and captured the attention of Trump’s team.

Bond amount: $10,000 (signature bond)

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