A Good point made by Rachel Maddow…
TONS of political figures, official’s and ex-officials have ALL the time….
Trump’s noise on being arrested is actually Bull Shit….
It’s actually normal…
The difference IS….
He IS gonna try to use the arrest to try get around the law…
(There is NO request for his supporters to ‘protest’ his upcoming arrest…)
Oh, and ?
It is reported that Trump the person was ‘surprised’ that he was actually charged, something he thought he ducked with the report’s the grand jury was off for a few weeks….
The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Thursday that they’ve reached out to former President Trump to coordinate his surrender after he was indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury in New York.
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal,” a spokesperson for the DA’s office said….
Trump will be reportedly be arraigned next week and appear in court so the charges against him can be read aloud….
New York Times: “Trump is at Mar-a-Lago absorbing this information, according to aides. It’s not clear what his next move will be.”
“Trump aides were caught off guard by this happening today, according to several people close to the former president. They had believed reports by some news outlets that the grand jury in Manhattan was not hearing the Trump case. Some advisers had been confident that there would be no movement until the end of April at the earliest and were looking at the political implications for Trump’s closest potential rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.”
Washington Post: Trump won’t answer question from reporter on turning himself in.
Donald Trump’s response to his uncoming arrest….
Former President Trump lashed out on Thursday after he was indicted in an alleged hush money scheme, maintaining his innocence and accusing Democrats and law enforcement officials of “weaponizing our justice system to punish a political opponent.”
“This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history,” Trump said in a statement. “From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats – the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country – have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”…
Rachel Maddow over at MSNBC also floated the idea that Florida Republican Governor DeSantis might fail to honor a New York request for extraditing Trump if resisted showing up for the arrest arraignment ….
This of course IS just Bull Shit….
Trump’s people indicated that the ex-President would show up on Tuesday, April 4th, to be booked and appaer before a judge for arrigment……..
Trump resisting arrest would be a hill he wouldn’t be able to come down from in one piece….
FBI and US Marshall’s…..
Secret Service confusion or deputised to taking their proteetee into custody…
All the above is just NOT gonna happen….
He could NEVER win much of ANYTHING afterwards even if some of supporters thought he was doing ‘the right thing’…
Oh , and Governor DeSantis making sure he’d NEVER be US President….
The New York City Police Dept has ordered ALL members of the 36,000 officer force to be available in uniform as to morrow , Friday the 31, of March….
Trump’s Attorneys and the Crimes They Enabled
Paul Rosenzweig: “To be sure, a determination by a judge that there is prima facie evidence to support a belief that an attorney and/or his client have engaged in criminal activity is not equivalent to the requirement for a criminal conviction of ‘proof beyond a reasonable doubt.’ But it is, all the same, an astonishing statement about the state of the evidence that demonstrates the strength of the cases against Trump.”
“To put it simply, if there is sufficient evidence for a judge to find the crime-fraud exception applies, then there is likely enough evidence to support the presentation of an indictment to a grand jury. That prospect cannot give Trump any real comfort, but the slow, deliberate operation of the rule of law ought to comfort those who still think that rules should matter.”
Trump Won’t Take Plea Deal
Donald Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina told NBC News there is “zero” chance that the former president will take a plea deal after being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.
Said Tacopina: “President Trump will not take a plea deal in this case. It’s not going to happen.”
My Name Is Jack says
How many lawyers for indicted people declare up front,
“We will take a plea deal.”
Secret Service Prepares for Trump’s Arraignment
“Donald Trump plans to fly to New York on Monday and stay overnight before appearing in a specially secured Manhattan courthouse to be arraigned on still-unspecified criminal charges,” the Washington Post reports.
“An advance team of Secret Service agents — mostly comprised of New York field office agents — conducted a site tour of the courthouse on Friday to map Trump’s path in and out of the building, according to a law enforcement official involved in the planning.”
Secret Service to Escort Trump to Court
Washington Post: “On Friday, Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle briefed her deputies about plans for Tuesday, the law enforcement official said, telling them that the agency will take “the necessary steps” to protect Trump from harm, including placing agents and officers in a bubble formation to separate him from approaching members of the public. But she also stressed that the Secret Service has not sought any special accommodations in the court’s standard processing and arraignment procedure, the official said, such as closing off courthouse hallways to the public.”
“In securing Trump’s safety, Secret Service agents will be primarily responsible for his entry to and exit from the courthouse, the official said. Court security officers will manage the former president’s movements inside the building, in the company of Trump’s security detail, and New York police officers will secure the outside streets surrounding the courthouse and along Trump’s motorcade route through the city.”
Trump’s Trial Won’t Be Televised
New York Magazine: “Donald Trump is about to be prosecuted, but unless you’re one of the few people who might be allowed inside the courtroom in Manhattan, you won’t be able to watch. That’s because New York is the only state in the country that still bans cameras in legal trials.”
“Given the political stakes of prosecuting a former president who is again running for office, the public needs to observe the strength of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s case rather than rely on others to tell them how the evidence shakes out — especially given Trump and his allies’ penchant for spreading disinformation. With confidence in the media and courts at an all-time low, will the public trust the outcome of the case if they can’t see it for themself?”
Anybody think the judge is gonna ok this?
Trump May Ask to Move Trial to Staten Island
Donald Trump’s legal team is considering asking to move his criminal case from Manhattan to the more conservative New York borough of Staten Island out of concern that he won’t be able to get a fair trial, Bloomberg reports.
New Open Thread coming later……..
Interesting day coming tomorrow