Law enforcement scrambles in NY with Trump facing indictment as early as Mon.

Source: Politico | March 20, 2023 | Julia Marsh and Wesley Parnell

Law enforcement scrambles in New York with Trump facing possible indictment as early as Monday

A grand jury is expected to charge Trump late Monday or Wednesday, according to three people involved in the deliberations. “We’ll be discussing how we bring Trump in,” a person involved in the planning said.

NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials are meeting at NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon to plan for a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges stemming from payments to a porn star, a person involved in the planning told POLITICO.

An indictment by a grand jury is expected late Monday or Wednesday, according to three people involved in the deliberations.

“We’ll be discussing how we bring Trump in,” the person involved in the planning said, adding, “No decisions have been made yet.”

The meeting will include members of the NYPD, the U.S. Secret Service, court officers and officials from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, the person said. Bragg convened the grand jury investigating the payments.

A court spokesperson said there’s nothing to report since no charges have been filed. Spokespeople for the Secret Service and District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“The NYPD’s state of readiness remains a constant at all times, for all contingencies,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “Our communications and coordination with our partners in government and in law enforcement are fundamental tenets of our commitment to public safety.”

Attorney Robert J. Costello, who once advised former Trump lawyer Michael D. Cohen, is scheduled to testify before the grand jury Monday afternoon. Cohen has said he will be a rebuttal witness to Costello, who may question Cohen’s credibility.

Once the sealed indictment is delivered to the judge, the DA’s office would discuss Trump’s surrender with his counsel, according to a court official who, like the others, was granted anonymity to discuss internal planning procedures. If Trump were to not surrender, a warrant would be issued for his arrest.

Whether Trump would be handcuffed is a decision that would be made by the district attorney, the court official said. He would be finger printed and a mug shot would be taken, though he is not expected to be “perp-walked” or paraded before the public in handcuffs, the official said.

The Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, a 17-story Art Deco building that sits just northwest of the Brooklyn Bridge, was surrounded by over a dozen news vans Monday morning. Security was heightened as police officers and court officers set up barricades outside the courthouse. There was no sign of protesters.


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