Dear Commons Community,
Former President Donald Trump made the wrong kind of history yesterday, becoming the first current or former US president to get his mug shot taken while being booked at an Atlanta jail over his attempts to reverse the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Trump, 77, turned himself in to authorities at the Fulton County Jail following his grand jury indictment on Aug. 14 on charges including racketeering, conspiracy, false statements and asking a public official to violate their oath of office.
He was released on a $200,000 bond and agreed to an order limiting his ability to post on social media about witnesses or co-defendants in the case.
Getting his mugshot taken was “not a comfortable feeling — especially when you’ve done nothing wrong,” the former commander in chief told Fox News Digital hours later.
“They insisted on a mugshot and I agreed to do that,” he added. “This is the only time I’ve ever taken a mugshot.”
Trump attorney Alina Habba said earlier this month that the decision to snap a mug shot of the former president was “a bit of an ego trip” on the part of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
“The purpose of a mug shot is when you don’t recognize someone, you think there’s a flight risk,” Habba told Fox News. “This man is the most famous person in the world, the leading [Republican] candidate right now.”
The 41-count indictment also charged 18 other Trump allies and supporters, including attorneys Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis and Kenneth Chesebro — all of whom surrendered this week for booking.
Trump is using the mugshot to beg for money from his supporters.