By Rosaland Tyler
New Journal and Guide
Two Blacks are among the 18 Trump co-defendants who were recently booked and processed at the Fulton County Jail in the Georgia election interference case.
Their names are Trevian Kutti and Harrison Floyd. While Kutti, a former publicist for Kanye West and R. Kelly, surrendered to authorities on Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. and was released on bond, Floyd surrendered but was denied bond since he was considered a potential flight risk. Bonds for Kutti and Floyd were set at $75,000 each, according to news reports. Floyd said he did not have a lawyer and is requesting a court-appointed attorney. As a result, Floyd could not reach a bond agreement with prosecutors before surrendering and is still in jail.
Floyd, a 39-year-old U.S. Marine veteran, served as the director of the political group Black Voices for Trump during the 2020 election cycle. According to news reports, he bristled at the suggestion that he might not return for future proceedings in the case.
“There’s no way that I’m a flight risk, ma’am,” he told Judge Emily Richardson after she denied his bond request.
“I showed up before the president was here,” he added, referring to Trump.
But the judge told Richardson one of the reasons that she was denying him bond was a pending case for allegedly assaulting a federal officer, who tried to serve a subpoena at his Maryland home. Floyd attacked a pair of FBI special agents who served him with a federal grand jury subpoena at his Maryland home. The affidavit said Floyd body-slammed one of the agents as they were leaving and repeatedly bumped him while yelling expletives at him. He was charged with assaulting a federal officer.
“I do find that based on the open charge against you there are grounds for bond to be denied at this point,” Richardson said. “So I’m going to go ahead and find that you are at risk to commit additional felonies and a potential risk to flee the jurisdiction.”
Kutti and Floyd were charged in Georgia for their role in the scheme to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. Both visited the home of election worker Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County poll worker who said she has lived in fear after she helped count ballots in the state but was singled out by Trump and his then-attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, were accused of mishandling ballots by Kutti and Floyd. They urged her to confess to committing election fraud or be arrested.
But this past June, the Georgia Elections Board released an investigative report, which ruled that the charges levelled by Kutti and Floyd against Freeman and her daughter were found to be “false and unsubstantiated.”
Kutti and Floyd are two of 18 defendants charged in the alleged conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.