Atlanta

Bond agreement reached for 4 co-defendants indicted in Georgia election interference case

ATLANTA — A Fulton County superior judge has begun signing off on consent bond orders for those indicted for allegedly interfering with the 2020 election in Georgia.

A consent bond order is an agreement on the bond amount between a defendant and the District Attorney’s office.

Five of the 19 people named in a sweeping indictment targeting alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia entered bond agreements Monday, including former President Donald Trump.

Trump’s bond was set at $200,000.

John Eastman was an attorney for President Donald Trump and was a key architect of the attempt to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into rejecting the official Democratic electors in Georgia in favor of ‘alternate’ Trump electors. His bond was set at $100,000.

Scott Hall is an Atlanta-area bail bondsman who was allegedly involved in commandeering voting information that was the property of Dominion Voting Systems from Coffee County. Hall’s bond was set at $10,000.

Trump lawyer Kenneth Cheseboro is the alleged architect of the “fake electors” plot, which aimed to subvert the 2020 Electoral College process. His bond has been set at $100,000.

Ray Smith III, an Atlanta-based attorney who represented Trump in litigation aimed at reversing the state’s 2020 election results, has agreed to a $50,000 bond.

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All five men are accused of violating the Georgia RICO Act.

Trump is also facing three charges of criminal solicitation, six counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of filing false documents and two counts of making false statements.

Eastman also faces the following charges: solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer; conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer; conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree (two counts); conspiracy to commit false statements and writings (two counts); conspiracy to commit filing false documents; and filing false documents.

Hall also faces the following charges: conspiracy to commit election fraud (two counts); conspiracy to commit computer theft; conspiracy to commit computer trespass; conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy; and conspiracy to defraud the state.

Chesboro is also charged with six counts of criminal conspiracy.

Ray Smith III is also accused of three counts of criminal solicitation, six counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of false statements.

Fulton County District Attorney set this Friday as the deadline for all 19 co-defendants to surrender.

According to jail records, neither Eastman nor Hall have surrendered yet.

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