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Trump becomes first former US president to have mugshot taken

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Donald Trump, former US president, surrendered to the Fulton County jail in Atlanta over more than a dozen charges.

The charges bordered on his attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

A mugshot of Trump was released soon after he left jail on Thursday.

It is the fourth time this year that Trump has faced criminal charges. The Republican has now made history as the first former US president to have a mugshot.

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Trump is attempting a comeback at the White House in the 2024 election.

Trump often bypassed the routine of being processed as a criminal defendant in previous charges. However, Georgia opted to follow due process by taking his booking photo and fingerprints.

A combination picture shows police booking mugshots of former U.S. President Donald Trump and 11 of the 18 people indicted with him, including Ray Smith, a lawyer who previously represented Trump in Georgia, Rudy Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, former Georgia Republican Party leader Cathy Latham, Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro, former Georgia Republican Party leader David Shafer, Republican poll watcher Scott Hall, Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman, Harrison Floyd and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Fulton County Jail

The mugshot shows a 77-year-old Trump staring menacingly at the camera, complete with furrowed brows and clenched jaw.

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Soon after, the former president took to X, the site formerly known as Twitter, as well as Truth Social, his personal social media platform, to share the photo.

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“Election interference. Never surrender,” he captioned the photo.

The post was Trump’s first in over two years, after his account was banned following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters.

His account was later restored by Elon Musk shortly after he acquired X.

Musk said it was his commitment to “free speech” that made him reinstate Trump.

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Trump has since described his run-in with the law as a witch-hunt.

Part of the charges the former president has faced hover around retaining national defence information, nuclear secrets, obstruction of justice, business fraud, and a $130,000 hush money payout to an adult actress in an attempt to buy her silence.

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