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Owner of Gainesville's Midland Social booked into Fulton County jail in election case

By AccessWDUN Staff

Robert "Bob" Cheeley, an Alpharetta lawyer and the owner of Gainesville's Midland Social, was booked into the Fulton County Jail Friday in connection with an investigation into alleged election meddling following former President Donald Trump's loss in Georgia in the 2020 election.

Cheeley was among Donald Trump and 18 allies indicted last week by a Fulton County grand jury on various charges related to the group's alleged effort to overturn Trump's loss to President Joe Biden in Georgia.

Fulton County Jail records show Cheeley was booked and released from the jail Friday on a $50,000 bond. The records did not show how long he remained in the jail before bonding out.

All of those indicted in the case, including former President Donald Trump, turned themselves in ahead of a deadline that had been set for noon Friday.

Cheeley was charged with the following:

  • Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act
  • Conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer
  • Conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit false statements and writings
  • Conspiracy to commit filing false documents
  • Conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit false statements and writings
  • Solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer
  • False statements and writings
  • Perjury

Last week's indictment referenced multiple alleged efforts by Trump allies to contact former Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Cheeley allegedly emailed an unindicted co-conspirator on Dec. 6, 2020, stating "I am working on setting up a call for you with the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore tomorrow. I am also making the leadership aware of the importance for Trump electors to meet on December 14. Please provide the citation to the requirements of the duties which they must comply with."

The indictment describes the email as an act of furtherance in the conspiracy. 

In a second email from Cheeley on Dec. 6, Cheeley claimed he was working to encourage Miller and the late Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to call a special session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Later that month, on Dec. 30, the indictment alleges Cheeley made false statements to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting when he claimed Fulton County election workers at State Farm Arena "voted" the same ballots "over and over again" on Nov. 3, 2020.

Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani also attempted to contact Miller in Dec. 2020, according to the indictment, which said Giuliani tried to call Miller "for the purpose of making false statements concerning fraud in the November 3, 2020, presidential election in Georgia."

Other defendants include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and a Trump administration Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, who allegedly aided the then-president's efforts to undo his election loss in Georgia. Other lawyers who allegedly advanced ideas to overturn the results, including John Eastman, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, were also charged.

The indictment follows a Jan. 2, 2021, call in which Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to overturn his election loss. That call, prosecutors said, violated a Georgia law against soliciting a public official to violate their oath.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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