Ex-President ‘s and Former Heads of State GO to prison around the world….
Donald Trump going there might a first for America…
But Not elsewhere….
A retired Secret Service agent give his view of what it would be like to have Trump ‘do Federal Time’…..
CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins asked a big “what if” when she explored what would ex-President Donald Trump’s “security detail do if he actually had to go to prison?”
Others have speculated about the status of Trump’s Secret Service protection if he goes to jail, but the question took on extra urgency with Thursday’s arrest and arraignment of Trump after being indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury for his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
COLLINS: We are now at three indictments, for Donald Trump. That means three bookings, for a not-so-average defendant.
Of course, Trump, yesterday, following most of the standard protocols, fingerprinted, answered a series of questions, about his age, his date of birth, his middle name, escorted into the courtroom, where he entered that not-guilty plea, before the magistrate judge. But the big difference here, of course, is wherever the former President goes, the Secret Service goes with him, raising the question of if Trump got convicted, and sentenced to prison, what would incarceration look like, for a former U.S. President? Something we’ve never seen too before.
Here to break it all down for us is a former Secret Service agent, Evy Poumpouras….
EVY POUMPOURAS, FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT, AUTHOR, “BECOMING BULLETPROOF”: I actually don’t think it’s going to be very difficult. He is going to a very secure location.
So, depending on what prison he goes, federal or state, because he’s also being charged, in New York, through the state, Miami, D.C., they’re charging him federally. So, there’s also a difference between the prisons. If you want to go to prison, you want to go to a federal prison. They’re typically safer. State prisons tend to have more violent offenders there. So, that’s one thing.
The other thing is they already have their own security set up. So Bureau of Prisons, let’s say, he goes federal, they’ve got their own system set up. It’s already safe. You’re actually looking at less manpower, less resources, less money, definitely less money, for taxpayers. So, when I see that I see him going to an already-secure facility.
The kicker comes in, and well, who’s he going to be with…
But at the end of the day, it’s a secure environment. Secret Service will probably give him what’s called shift agents. Shift is when you see agents, who accompany the Presidents, when you see him coming out of Air Force One, Marine One. It’s the group, the contingency that walks around him. That’s what you might see, and detail leaders, so somebody kind of to shadow him around…
So, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, where he goes. The advanced does its thing. They do a thorough assessment.
COLLINS: Even if it’s prison?
POUMPOURAS: Even if it’s prison. I’m telling you, prison is just, it’s secure. It’s already got the manpower there. They already got it locked down. They’re already magneto — they’ve got their magnetometers. They’re securing everybody. So, to me, I see that as a safe place.
Now, is it a strange thing to go to work, and to say, “I’m going to work to secure the president in prison?” Yes, I think, from the psychological factor, that does play a, you know, is relevant.
But I also look at it, if we look at it from an international level, there have been so many heads of state, all over the world, who have gone from Prime Minister and President, to going to prison….
State prison’s in New York or Atlanta should more or less the same as above although they may have more hradcore prisoners housed…
Trump and agents going to jail with him would still have to rely on the prison guards for THEIR safety and security ….
One would assume that the agents could NOT be armed and that Trump would NEVER be allowed among the general population ….
Not a good assignment one would thing for the agents…..