Georgia‘s Fulton County sheriff said he anticipates Donald Trump will get a mugshot if the former president is indicted in a 2020 election investigation in the state.
“Unless somebody tells me differently, we are following our normal practices, and so it doesn’t matter your status, we’ll have a mugshot ready for you,” said Sheriff Pat Labat, according to local ABC affiliate WSB-TV.
If the prediction holds true, it could mean Trump would get photographed during booking for the first time across multiple indictments on the state and federal levels.
After first being indicted in New York, Trump was fingerprinted when he was processed in April when he appeared for an arraignment in a hush-money case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. At the time, Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign began fundraising with a fake mugshot image and the phrase “NOT GUILTY” in all capital letters.
Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who has spent more than two years investigating alleged efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election, told local NBC affiliate WXIA over the weekend her team is “ready to go” and would “hold true” to her stated commitment to making “big decisions” during the Fulton County Superior Court’s fourth term of court, which spans July 11 to September 1.
Willis, a Democrat, also said the sheriff was being “smart” in making safety preparations. “I’m not willing to put any of the employees or the constituents that come to the courthouse in harm’s way,” Willis added.
An indictment in Georgia would be the fourth Trump has faced this year. Besides the indictment in New York, Trump also got indicted in cases related to his handling of sensitive documents and the 2020 election brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
In June, Trump was again fingerprinted before his Florida arraignment hearing in the documents case, but deputy marshals did not take a mugshot because he was easily recognizable, CNN reported. Trump is expected to be arraigned in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for the federal charges in the 2020 case.
Trump, who is the GOP front-runner in the 2024 race for the White House, broadly denies any wrongdoing and claims politically motivated forces are targeting him across multiple investigations.
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