Harrison Floyd, the former leader of the Black Voices for Trump group and an ally of the former president, was granted a $100,000 bond after spending five days in jail on allegations that he illegally meddled in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Floyd, a former Marine and martial arts instructor, was the last of the 19 defendants indicted in Georgia’s 2020 election fraud case to be granted bond. He was initially denied bond after he turned himself in.
The bond order was signed by Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on Tuesday. Though Trump and the other defendants had prearranged bonds when they turned themselves in, Floyd went to jail without an attorney. He was subsequently arrested and booked like any suspect charged with a crime. Floyd’s bond request was also denied by the judge because of charges he’s facing in connection with assaulting an FBI agent in Maryland.
Floyd’s attorney, Chris Kachouroff, said the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis got in touch with him on Tuesday to prepare the bond. He also alleged that Floyd being granted the bond was a result of the prosecutor not liking the “optics” of his client’s continued detainment.
“She was just letting him rot in there,” Chris Kachouroff said. “I told Harrison ‘this is ridiculous. She should have jumped in there and done the right thing.’”
But a spokesperson for Willis, Jeff DiSantis, denied Kachouroff’s claims. “Mr. Floyd has had the opportunity to work out a consent bond in the same manner as the other defendants named in the indictment, but chose not to do so until today,” DiSantis said.
Floyd as well as Trump and 17 of the former president’s allies were on August 14 indicted on racketeering charges for allegedly trying to overturn the outcome of Georgia’s 2020 election after Trump lost to Joe Biden.
Floyd is facing five felony counts for allegedly harassing county elections worker Ruby Freeman, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Authorities allege that Floyd as well as co-defendants Stephen Lee and Trevian Kutti collaborated to force Freeman to falsely admit to being involved in electoral fraud at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Votes were counted at the location during the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, more than $275,000 has been raised for Floyd through an online fundraiser. His supporters have also labeled him as a “political prisoner.”