What there is to know
- Two senior officials familiar with Trump’s case said the former president is expected to arrive at LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening for a court appearance the following afternoon. They clarified that this could change.
- The Manhattan grand jury’s unprecedented indictment against former President Donald Trump contains about 30 counts related to document fraud, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC 4 New York on Friday.
- It is left to the discretion of District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office as to when they seek to unseal the charges.
NEW YORK — Two senior officials familiar with the Trump case said the former president is expected to arrive at LaGuardia Airport Monday evening for a court appearance the following afternoon. They clarified that this could change.
The plan, sources say, is for him to stay at Trump Tower and appear in court Tuesday around 2:15 p.m. After court, he would return to the airport to leave New York, the sources added. They clarified that these details are subject to change.
Given this, two officials of the Secret Service (USSS, for its acronym in English), claimed that their residence at Trump Tower is protected by officers of the USSS and the NYPD. Authorities say “dozens upon dozens” of officers are involved in securing the event from the airport to the courthouse to Trump Tower, they added. Trump’s post-impeachment timeline remains unclear, they added.
Manhattan’s unprecedented grand jury indictment against former President Donald Trump contains approximately 30 counts related to document fraud, two sources familiar with the matter, although one source with direct knowledge, said. told NBC4 New York on Friday of the legal proceedings that the cases are not expected to uncover until next week.
It is left to the discretion of District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office as to when they seek to unseal the charges. If prosecutors request that before Tuesday, when sources say Trump should appear in person in Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned, they should file a motion to open.
A judge should then review it.
At this point, it appears Bragg will follow normal procedure and wait for the indictment to be unsealed on Tuesday, the sources said. The situation is fluid, the sources say, and is subject to change.
Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Trump, confirmed to NBC News that Bragg’s office initially wanted Trump to surrender on Friday, but Tacopoina said he and other Trump aides denied the request. Tacopoina said the Secret Service needed more time to prepare, a claim the Secret Service denies, sources tell NBC News.
Those sources said the Secret Service detail was ready to fly Trump to New York at a moment’s notice, saying its members were simply responding to orders based on dates agreed between Trump’s defense team and Bragg’s office. Bragg’s office confirmed late Thursday that his team had contacted Trump to coordinate his surrender. No arraignment date has been officially set. Therefore, the grand jury indictment remains sealed at this time.
Some experts have said they believe Trump could be charged with falsifying business records, which may be a misdemeanor or felony under New York law. To secure a felony conviction, prosecutors would need to prove that records were tampered with with intent to commit or conceal a second crime.
It’s unclear what prosecutors are alleging as a second offense.
Political analyst Carlos Vargas claimed that this accusation will unite the bases of the Republican Party for the next elections.
If Trump surrenders, expect a carefully choreographed and relatively quick process and release without bail (as is common in New York), with an emphasis on safety. There’s no playbook you can give a former president with US Secret Service protection. Agents are tasked with protecting former presidents unless and until they say they don’t need them. Trump kept his contact information, so officers must be with him at all times.
Given the security concerns, experts say, Trump is unlikely to parade in handcuffs on a sidewalk or in a crowded courtroom aisle. For most defendants, that would be typical, as would fingerprints and a photo.
Bragg himself made no comment as he left his office on Thursday evening.
Criminal lawyer Ray Colón expects the former president to face justice in the coming weeks.
Trump’s lawyers told NBC News the former president is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, while two sources familiar with the matter said the tentative plan is for Trump to appear before Judge Juan Merchan after 2:15 p.m. uniform and prepare to deploy accordingly starting Friday.
Trump’s team denied any wrongdoing during the investigation and did so vehemently again on Thursday. Tacopina said the former president had committed no crime and promised to “vigorously fight this political charge in court.”
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