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Donald Trump has said he plans to turn himself in on Thursday to a court in Georgia to face charges of election interference.

An Atlanta judge overseeing the former president’s case has set bail at $200,000 (£157,000). The agreement says Mr. Trump can remain free pending trial so long as he does not attempt to threaten or intimidate witnesses.

Mr Trump denies 13 charges, including racketeering and false statements.

He and the 18 others accused in this case had previously been given until noon on Friday to appear at Fulton County Jail for processing.

The county sheriff has said they will all be treated like any other defendants, which could mean Mr. Trump is fingerprinted and has his mugshot taken.

Before he announced on social media that he would surrender on Thursday, a court filing that set out the terms of his bond agreement was released.

It was signed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is overseeing the case, and lawyers for Mr Trump.

Mr. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and calls the charges politically motivated.

He is currently leading the Republican race to pick its next White House nominee to challenge the Democratic candidate, probably Mr Biden, in the 2024 presidential election.

Mr. Trump has already said he will skip the first Republican televised debate on Wednesday evening.

Sources close to Mr. Trump say he has instead recorded an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

State-by-state primaries – in which Republican voters will choose their party’s nominee – are due to begin on 15 January 2024.

Donald Trump confirms he will skip the Republican presidential debate

The ex-president said one latest poll showed he had “legendary” numbers ahead of other hopefuls to be the party’s nominee for the 2024 election.

It is not immediately clear if Mr. Trump will be skipping all the debates for the Republican primaries.

The first Republican presidential primary debate will be on 23 August.

Voting begins in the state of Iowa on 15 January 2024.

Recent polls have consistently shown that Mr. Trump – who faces a number of criminal charges – is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

A poll from the BBC’s US partner CBS News suggests his closest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, is lagging well behind.

In recent months, Mr. Trump had repeatedly suggested that he would not join the Republican debates.

The former president plans to sit for a pre-taped interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that may run during the first debate in Milwaukee on Wednesday, sources familiar with the planning have told CBS.

Mr. Trump’s suggestion to skip this week’s debate sparked criticism from at least one of his Republican rivals, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Republican presidential hopefuls must meet several qualifications to attend the debate, including receiving donations from at least 40,000 individuals and obtaining at least 1% in high-quality polling.

So far, former Vice-President Mike Pence, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott are all confirmed to have qualified.

The first Republican debate comes the same week that Mr. Trump voluntarily has to surrender in Fulton County, Georgia.

He must appear by 25 August in the state to face charges of trying to overturn the result of the 2020 election in the state.

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Donald Trump faces dozens of criminal charges and will go on trial several times in the next 18 months, even as he campaigns to become president again in the 2024 US election.

Aside from Mr. Trump’s most recent Georgia charges, he has been charged in Florida with illegally hoarding classified files at his estate there, Mar-a-Lago, and refusing to hand them back when asked.

His third indictment was unveiled this month in Washington DC, where prosecutors accuse him of repeatedly airing the false claim he had won the last presidential election.

He has repeatedly described the various charges against him as a political “witch hunt.”


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