Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat said his office is prepared if former President Donald Trump is indicted in Fulton County.
Labat told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot that Trump would be treated like any other suspect – with the process of fingerprinting and a mugshot.
“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,” Sheriff Labat said.
The sheriff said his staff had been monitoring recent indictments and arraignments in New York, Miami, and Washington, D.C. and applying the same security protocols. Labat did not specify whether his security plans included coordination with the Secret Service.
Last week, orange security barricades were set up outside the Fulton County Courthouse as a result of the ongoing investigations. The district attorney’s office stated that a charging decision would be released by the end of the month.
The former president’s legal team insists that he is innocent and has done nothing wrong. Trump has taken legal action to postpone his first court date, which was set for March 2.
The Department of Justice has said that it is “fully investigating” any crimes Trump might have committed prior to leaving office. Moreover, its task force has also conducted interviews with witnesses in the state of Georgia about his business dealings, casting a wider net than the local prosecutors.
This isn’t the first potential criminal charge for Trump while he was in office. He was previously accused of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report but was never charged.
If Trump is indeed indicted, it’ll be the first time in American history that a former president has been charged with a crime under the US Constitution. It’ll truly be an unprecedented situation.
The sheriff of Fulton County, Gerogia says if Donald Trump were to be indicted in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state, he would not receive special treatment, and would be booked and photographed like any other defendant.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 2, 2023