Police and public safety officials prepare for possible Trump arrest
Law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels have met to discuss the possibility that Donald Trump may be indicted as early as next week over a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, after the former president urged his supporters to protest if he is arrested.
More than a dozen senior figures in the New York Police Department (NYPD) and two public safety aides to the city’s mayor, Eric Adams, held a virtual meeting on Sunday, The New York Times reports.
Preparations have reportedly been under way since last week. Preliminary security assessments were being conducted, and officials were discussing potential security plans in the vicinity of the Manhattan Criminal Court at 100 Centre Street in case Mr Trump appears in person to face charges, reported NBC News. The broadcaster cited five senior officials familiar with the preparations.
Barriers were erected outside the court on Monday ahead of the expected testimony of Robert Costello, who said he was appearing at the request of the former president’s legal team. He will reportedly dispute claims by Mr Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen relating to a $130,000 (£106,000) payment made to adult film actor Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
The former president has urged his supporters to “protest” over his imminent “arrest” in the Manhattan case, in a furious Truth Social post on 18 March, claiming that “illegal leaks” have indicated that he will be arrested on 21 March.
The NYPD, New York State court officers, the US Secret Service, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are all said to be involved in the preparations.
Officials are reported to have stressed that any planning is precautionary as no charges have yet been filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
While Mr Trump has repeatedly attacked the New York investigation on his Truth Social platform, a lengthy official statement from his team suggests that he is growing increasingly concerned that a criminal indictment may be just around the corner.
Campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung released a statement on 16 March slamming Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg’s office over what the Trump team claims is a “witch hunt” against the one-term president.
“President Donald J Trump is completely innocent, he did nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most radical left Democrats are making that clear,” Mr Cheung said.
Last week – the same week in which Daniels and Mr Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified before the grand jury – Mr Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina went on a media blitz, criticising the investigation in a number of testy exchanges with journalists.
DA Bragg’s office also invited Mr Trump to testify last week – an invitation he unsurprisingly turned down.
While it was an invitation he was unlikely to accept, it sent the clearest signal to date that he could be criminally indicted for his role in the hush money payment made to Daniels.
Under New York law, a person has a right to appear before a grand jury before a prosecutor asks the grand jury to indict them on charges.
Manhattan prosecutors have been investigating whether Mr Trump falsified the Trump Organization’s business records when Mr Cohen made a $130,000 payment to Daniels days before the 2016 election. Prosecutors claim that the money was used to silence Daniels about an alleged affair she had with Mr Trump.
Mr Trump has long denied having an affair with the adult film star. If prosecuted, he would become the first former president in American history to face criminal charges.
Page Not Found: 404 Not Found
UN to launch central archives of Daesh crimes in Iraq
Tom Perez to join White House as senior adviser
Ilya Kabakov, renowned Russian artist, dies at 89
Pence calls on DoJ not to indict Trump but stops short of saying he’d pardon him
How to Make Your Own Homemade Barbecue Sauce
How to Deal If Migraine Is Messing With Your Social Life
Nvidia Says Its New Supercomputer Officially ‘Closes the Digital Divide’
The Meal Molly Yeh Eats When She’s Feeling Nostalgic
LEGOLAND® NEW YORK RESORT OPENS LEGO® CITY WATER PLAYGROUND!
Could ‘Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets’ Get a Second Season?
Malaysia’s 50 Richest 2023: Five Newcomers Add A Fresh Dimension To The Ranks
Helmet saves Hanson man during ATV crash in NH
William and Kate Would’ve Been ‘Criticized’ for Abandoning ‘Royal Tradition’ if They Took After Eugenie With Baby Names — Author
5 Keys To 10x Your Net Worth ($10,000-$100,000)
Auto16 hours ago
Watch Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Try To Beat Space Shuttle At Kennedy Space Center
News21 hours ago
Open-standard, open-source tech body defies US sanctions
Travel12 hours ago
JetBlue To Start New Nonstop Flights to Belize
Finance10 hours ago
Checks & Imbalances: Kari Lake, Still Complaining About Her Gubernatorial Loss, Releases Musical Track
Finance14 hours ago
3 Reasons Why A Recession Is The Best Time To Start A Side Hustle
Sport11 hours ago
Paige Spiranac weighs in on ‘spicy’ PGA Tour, LIV Golf merger
News16 hours ago
Meta vs. TikTok: How they’re each using AI to attract advertisers and which one is winning
Lifestyle14 hours ago
Memento International Sells Babak Jalali’s Sundance, SXSW Immigrant Film ‘Fremont’ to Key Markets (EXCLUSIVE)