Last week, workers started building barricades outside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in preparation for a potential historical event: Donald Trump showing up to answer questions about hush money allegations, making him the first president in US history to be charged with a crime.
Mr. Trump announced over the weekend that he expected to be arrested this week. He called on his supporters (According to Dawn)
“corrupt and highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office.”
Mr. Trump trumpeted on social media (as reported by Business Insider)
“PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”
Team Trump immediately started to restrain the former president, though. The grand jury didn’t convene on Tuesday as the investigation into hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign dragged on with new witnesses through Monday.
A Trump official stated that aside from “illegal leaks,” the former president’s team had received “no warning” of an anticipated arrest. Since then, many media sites have predicted when legal action will be taken.
On March 22, the grand jury’s procedures were suspended, most likely delaying any potential charges. After hearing from all the witnesses, the jury would then decide whether or not to indict Mr. Trump.
The former president is not anticipated to appear in court until sometime next week if an indictment is issued. The likelihood of an indictment appears not to be in question. A common indication that the office is getting ready to indict is that Mr. Trump was allowed to address the grand jury.
The indictment will also require a vote from the grand jury, but it is exceedingly uncommon to dismiss the charges. While it’s unknown if any additional witnesses will be called as the grand jury reconvenes, Mr. Trump is waiting it out in Florida.
To prepare for a potential arrest of Mr. Trump, police and security officials met at the headquarters of the New York Police Department. A source involved in the planning told Politico (Tweeted by Mario nawfal)
“We’ll be discussing how we bring Trump in. No decisions have been made yet.”
Mr. Trump’s lawyers said over the weekend the president would surrender if indicted, and there won’t be a “stand-off at Mar-a-Lago.” A defendant who turns himself in typically attends the district attorney’s office for an appointment. It will be necessary to take Mr. Trump’s mugshot and fingerprints.
The Wall Street Journal was informed by Karen Agnifilo, a former Manhattan district attorney’s prosecutor, that Mr. Trump would be detained and questioned by detective investigators after that. Said Ms. Agnifilo:
“And he would be issued a rap sheet reflecting this arrest, like every other person who is arrested and fingerprinted in this country.”
She said Mr. Trump would probably avoid spending time in a holding cell like most defendants awaiting arraignment. Some far-right message boards discussed blocking law enforcement from reaching Mr. Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Supporters of Mr. Trump, ranging from the New York Young Republicans to far-right figure Laura Loomer, said they planned to hold demonstrations to protest the charges at various sites nationwide. Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and Mr. Trump’s primary opponent in the GOP 2024 race, came out on Monday on the allegations.
Mr. DeSantis said at a news conference in Panama City (as reported by BBC)
“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some kind of alleged affair. I can’t speak to that.”
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The former president is additionally threatened by legal action by a Georgia investigation into his attempts to rig the 2020 election, a federal special counsel looking into his role in the January 6 uprising, and a New York lawsuit saying Mr. Trump engaged in unethical business practices.
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