“There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina told the Daily News. Trump will not refuse to surrender if the Manhattan district attorney criminally indicts him, Tacopina said. You notice that Trump has one of his “real” lawyers handling this matter and not Christina Bobb or Alina Habba?
DA Alvin Bragg is believed to be on the cusp of nearing a charging decision in his office’s long-running investigation into Trump, his business dealings, and the infamous hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
If Trump is charged, he must surrender to New York authorities and appear in court to enter a plea to the charges. A judge could theoretically agree to conduct the hearing remotely, but no criminal defendants are being arraigned virtually at present, according to Lucian Chalfen from the Office of Court Administration.
There’s an interesting point, no virtual arraignments. So can we assume that since the D.A.’s office and the Secret Service have been talking, that Trump would have to appear in New York? It is breaking news that the D.A.’s office is talking about beefed up security.
On Wednesday, Cohen concluded his testimony before a grand jury hearing evidence in the probe. He said every one of the engaged jurors asked him a question and added that 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.
“I’m relieved that my role is now, for the time being, over. I have complied with every request that was asked of me by the district attorney’s office,” Cohen said.
“The most comprehensive account.” This is possibly why Trump has been burning the midnight oil doing rage posts on Truth Social. He knows what Cohen knows and the rest of us don’t.
Beware the Ides of March, Donald. Historically speaking, we know it’s a rough time of year for Roman emperors and now for twice-impeached, one term presidents as well.
My sense of this is that Michael Cohen is going to be the one who laughs best.