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Former Justice Department Official Is Booked in Trump Georgia Case

Former Justice Department Official Is Booked in Trump Georgia Case


Jeffrey A. Clark, the former high-ranking Justice Department official criminally charged in Georgia in connection with efforts to overturn Donald J. Trump’s 2020 election loss in that state, was booked at the Fulton County Jail early on Friday, a few hours after the former president’s dramatic booking at the same Atlanta facility.

Mr. Clark was one of five defendants in the case who turned themselves in at the jail after Mr. Trump did so at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, their appearances stretching well into the night.

The last two defendants in the case, Trevian C. Kutti and Steven C. Lee, surrendered on Friday morning before noon, the deadline the Fulton County district attorney, Fani T. Willis, had set for them to appear at the jail before she would start to issue arrest warrants.

All but one of the 19 defendants negotiated bail agreements with prosecutors ahead of time, and were released immediately after being processed at the jail. The one defendant who did not do so was still being held at the jail on Friday.

Mr. Clark, a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil division, was released on a $100,000 bond. In addition to the state racketeering charge, he faces a felony charge of criminal attempt to commit false statements and writings, based on a letter he wanted to send in December 2020 to state officials in Georgia that falsely claimed that the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns” that would affect the state’s election results.

Several of the defendants, including Mr. Clark, are seeking to have their cases shifted to federal court, a relatively uncommon step that is known as removal.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones rejected efforts by Mr. Clark and another defendant, Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s former White House chief of staff, to prevent them from being booked at the county jail while they were seeking removal of their cases to federal court.

Ms. Kutti, a music publicist who prosecutors say harassed an election worker, Ruby Freeman, on Mr. Trump’s behalf, surrendered to the jail on Friday morning and was booked into the jail’s system, online records showed. She was released on $75,000 bond. Ms. Kutti has represented musicians like R. Kelly and the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye, in the past.

Prosecutors say Mr. Lee, a pastor from Illinois, also took part in the effort to harass and intimidate Ms. Freeman. He, too, was registered at the jail and released on $75,000 bond, records show.

A third defendant accused of harassing Ms. Freeman, Harrison Floyd, a political organizer from Rockville, Md., did not negotiate a bail agreement with prosecutors and was held overnight at the jail. It remained unclear on Friday when he would appear for a bail hearing before Judge Scott McAfee of the Fulton County Superior Court, who is handing the election interference case.


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