The potential for this arrest was discussed in a Associated Press article last week in which law enforcement officials were said to be planning for the possibility of an indictment which could involve bringing Trump back to New York and courtroom appearances. Reports have indicated that New York police are coordinating with the Secret Service over how to handle any arrest, transport, and handling of Trump.
On Friday, one of Trump’s attorneys told the New York Daily News that, should an indictment be issued, Trump would not refuse to surrender.
“There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Joe Tacopina said.
However, it’s not clear that statement really speaks for Trump. Considering the tone of his Saturday post, which has language very like that he used in advance of the January 6 insurgency, it’s not at all clear that Trump will board and plane and peacefully go along with law enforcement. What the Secret Service might do should Trump call on them to defend him from law enforcement is a scenario that likely hasn’t seen a lot of previous consideration.
Trump’s statement combines claims of his innocence with a call for protest and a demand to “take back our nation!” It’s clearly designed to stir up his base and generate unrest, if not an outright attempt to prevent his arrest. And he doesn’t fail to get a “George Soros” in there for the conspiracy buffs.
The AP reports that the district attorney’s office made no comment to confirm or deny Trump’s statement that an indictment is on its way. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has investigated several areas related to Trump’s business practices in additions to the payments made to Daniels and former model Karen McDougal. It’s possible that any indictment would include multiple charges related to his hush money payments, violations of campaign finance laws, and potentially unrelated business activities.
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