Former President Donald Trump gestures during an event at a fire station after a train carrying hazardous waste recently derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, February 22, 2023.
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former president donald trump surrender to the face criminal responsibility indicted in Manhattan grand juryhis attorney said Friday night.
lawyer, Joseph Tacopinasaid following WNBC’s report that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are preparing security arrangements in case Trump could be indicted as early as next week.
When asked by CNBC what Trump would do if that possibility became a reality, Tacopina said, “When we get to that point, we’ll follow our normal procedures.”
Trump alleges he paid former personal attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 to silence porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. He is under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for filing legal fees.
Trump denies having sex with Daniels and denounces the investigation and other criminal investigations he faces as partisan witch hunts.
In this March 17, 2011 file photo, Attorney Joseph Tacopina speaks to media outside Superior Court in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Questions have been raised about whether and what would happen if Trump would resist surrendering if indicted, after grand juries were empowered in recent months and it was perceived to be more likely to be indicted. It’s been done.
Under 24-hour protection by the U.S. Secret Service, Trump now lives at his club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, where he rarely leaves.
Under Florida law, the governor is responsible for ensuring that a person in the state is arrested and extradited to another state if charged with a felony.
However, Florida law also gives the governor powers to seek further investigation before the accused is extradited if the accused refuses to comply with extradition.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently positioning himself as a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Trump ran for the Republican nomination last fall.
Even before that, Trump and his allies were frustrated by DeSantis’ popularity among fellow Republicans.
Cohen, who has met with investigators 20 times over the years, testified for two days before a grand jury earlier this week. Daniels spoke with prosecutors via Zoom on Wednesday.
Cohen previously pleaded guilty to federal criminal election indictments related to payments to Daniels, which Trump directed him to do to avoid jeopardizing his chances of winning the White House in 2016. he said.
That crime is the hinge of what could potentially indict Trump in Manhattan’s State Criminal Court.
Companies are prohibited by New York law from misclassifying the nature of their expenses. For example, in theory, we call Cohen’s reimbursement for his payment to Daniels “legal costs.”
Violation of that law could result in a misdemeanor charge. However, if the false representation was made to cover up another crime, it could be a felony.
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