Mugshot Of Donald Trump Drops, But Why Was He Arrested? His Charges Explained

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Former president and presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has been arrested as his mugshot goes viral on social media. Breakdown of what he did explored.

Donald Trump is undoubtedly the most controversial politician in the United States. He was the 45th US president who served the prestigious position from 2017 to 2021.

He is still among the tall list of presidential candidates in 2024.

Aside from politics, Trump is also a media personality, and businessman.

Over the years, he has had legal issues and things seem to be even firing up after getting arrested in Georgia.

Donald Trump became the first ever former US president to pose for a mugshot following his arrest.

The reality television star turned himself in to the cops at an an Atlanta jail, after being indicted on election charges.

Read on for everything we know about his crimes, and charges.

Donald Trump’s mug shot was released after his Georgia booking
Donald Trump’s mug shot was released after his Georgia booking. Credit: Planet Photos

Why was Donald Trump arrested?

Americans and the world woke up to the news of his arrest in August 24, 2023.

The nation was left shocked after the mugshot of his arrest was released following his booking in Georgia – the first ever taken by a U.S president.

It came as Donald Trump faced charges by Fulton County prosecutors related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

This was the result of a lengthy investigation targeting Trump and his allied since December 2020 to establish if they broke state laws.

They were accused of refusing to accept his election loss and “knowingly and willfully joined conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.”

He denies all the counts against him.

Including conspiracy, soliciting a public official to violate their oath, making false statements and writings, and violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) law.

Their total indictment listed 41 charges against all the 19 defendants.

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Trump campaign lawyers Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Georgia GOP chair David Shafer are among the defendants named.

Donald Trump reacted slamming the indictment “a travesty of justice”.

He later posted on X, previously known as Twitter, the picture of his now famous mugshot captioned: “Election interference. Never surrender!”

This was his fourth arrest in five months as part of his criminal case.

Politician Donald Trump is the first US president to be arrested. Image Source: Getty
Politician Donald Trump is the first US president to be arrested and posed for a mugshot. Image Source: Getty

Is Donald Trump still in jail?

Mr Trump remained inside the prison facility for a total of 20 minutes.

A crowd of dozens of supporters waited for him outside the entrance to witness the historic moment.

He reportedly paid a whooping bail bond of $200,000 to be freed from the Atlanta jail.

Although he is no longer held, he awaits trial – where he will be able to challenge the charges.

Bloomberg reports that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has stated a potential October 23 due date for Trump’s trial, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed.