Trump to Surrender if Indicted: NYPD Prepares for Potential Arrest of Former President
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Written by: Sam Orlando
Staunton, VA — According to Joe Tacopina, former President Donald Trump's lawyer, Trump will not refuse to surrender if the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) criminally indicts him. Tacopina stated, "There won't be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA's office." DA Alvin Bragg is believed to be nearing a charging decision in his office's long-running investigation into Trump and his business dealings.
If charged, Trump must surrender to New York authorities and appear in court to enter a plea to the charges. DA staffers met with members of the NYPD's intelligence bureau on Thursday for a preliminary meeting to address security concerns ahead of the possible indictment, according to an anonymous source with direct knowledge of the meeting.
The ongoing investigation, which has lasted about four years, is considering charging Trump with crimes related to how he and his business classified reimbursement checks to his former fixer Michael Cohen for the hush money payment to Daniels and concealed the payment to hide a second crime.
Cohen testified before a grand jury hearing evidence in the probe on Wednesday, stating he was "certain" he'd provided the most comprehensive account of the 2016 hush money deal with Daniels, for which he served federal prison time.
Trump, who is running for the White House for a third time, has denied the sexual encounter with Daniels and recently described himself as an extortion victim in relation to the hush payment, which Daniels denies. Tacopina believes Trump will find a way to use the potential criminal charges to his advantage, saying, "He seems to turn everything into a positive and everything into a boost for his campaign, so I'm sure this will just join that long list of things that people think no one could overcome, but he will."