In the lead-up to his arraignment at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia, former President Donald Trump has made significant changes to his legal defense team. This move comes after Trump was indicted on 13 counts earlier in the month.
Steve Sadow, a renowned criminal defense attorney known for representing several high-profile celebrities, has confirmed his association with Trump’s defense. Sadow, who has previously represented figures such as NFL star Ray Lewis, rappers T.I. and Rick Ross, and singer Usher, stated, “I have been retained to represent President Trump in the Fulton County, Georgia case.” He further emphasized Trump’s innocence and criticized the indictment as politically motivated.
The formal documentation submitted to the Superior Court of Fulton County confirms Sadow’s role as the lead counsel for Trump. Meanwhile, the former president has publicly announced his intention to surrender at the Fulton County Jail. This follows the surrender of several of his co-defendants, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell.
The bond for Trump has been set at $200,000. Additionally, conditions have been laid out, which include a prohibition on intimidating co-defendants, witnesses, or victims, even on social media platforms. Trump, in a social media post, expressed his disbelief at the arrest and reiterated his commitment to election integrity. He stated, “Nobody has ever fought for election integrity like President Donald J. Trump,” and mentioned his pride in being arrested for the cause.
Rumors have also surfaced suggesting that Trump replaced his existing attorney, Drew Finding, with Sadow. However, neither party has confirmed these speculations.
This Fulton County prosecution marks the fourth criminal case against Trump since March. The former president has faced charges in Florida, Washington, and now Atlanta, leading to a series of court appearances. Trump’s court appearances have garnered significant media attention, with news helicopters often tracking his movements.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has indicated that some arraignments in the case might be conducted virtually, depending on the judge’s discretion. This could mean that Trump might have to make multiple trips to Georgia in the upcoming weeks.
Interestingly, Trump’s booking coincided with the first Republican presidential debate, which he did not attend. Instead, he participated in a pre-recorded interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, discussing a variety of topics.