Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024
Trump and all 18 co-defendants have now surrendered in Georgia election case

Harrison Floyd, one of President Donald Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the Georgia 2020 election subversion case, will remain in the Fulton County jail for now.

During his first appearance in court Friday afternoon, Judge Emily Richardson told Floyd that she would not be setting bond because Floyd had already been indicted and assigned to Judge Scott McAfee, who would address bond moving forward. 

Richardson also informed Floyd of his rights and read the charges that he is facing during the brief virtual appearance.

“There are grounds for bond to be denied at this point,” Richardson said. “I’m going to go ahead and find that you are a risk to commit additional felonies and a potential risk to flee the jurisdiction. So I’m going to deny bond, but a full consideration of bond will be addressed” by Judge McAfee, who will preside over the case.

Floyd does not have representation and told the judge that he could not afford a private attorney. Richardson told Floyd he did not meet the eligibility requirements for obtaining a public defender. He appeared over video conference in a large, empty room dressed in a prison uniform.

When a bond release was denied, Floyd objected, arguing that he voluntarily surrendered. 

“I got on a plane, I voluntarily came here,” he said. 

Floyd also said he had yet to be read his Miranda warning. 

When asked if he had been advised of the charges against him, Floyd said he had and that “the DA’s office pulled me aside yesterday” to go through the charges.  

Prosecutors for District Attorney Fani Willis attended the hearing and told the judge they had nothing further to add. 

Floyd is charged with three state crimes – violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering law, influencing a witness, and conspiring to solicit false statements.

Prosecutors say Floyd participated in a plot to pressure an Atlanta election worker into falsely admitting that she committed massive fraud against former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Floyd is also facing a simple assault charge in a separate case for allegedly assaulting an FBI agent who came to serve him a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, CNN previously reported. 

In that case, Floyd is alleged to have threatened two FBI agents who served him the subpoena at his apartment in Rockville, Maryland on February 23 by running after them and “striking” one agent “chest to chest.”

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