Former federal prosecutor Temidayo Aganga-Williams explained to the outlet that the security considerations “are different here than if he was a private citizen,” and that “he is less likely to be seen as a security threat than a previously unknown defendant.”
Another source, who wished to remain anonymous, suggested that while Trump would be fingerprinted and have his mugshot taken, he’s unlikely to be placed in a holding cell or subjected to a so-called perp walk, where he would be handcuffed and marched in front of cameras. Instead, Trump would likely remain in the custody of Secret Service agents assigned to his protection detail, the person claimed.
Over the weekend, Trump warned in a Truth Social post that there is a possibility that he would be arrested on Tuesday by the “corrupt and highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office.” He called on his supporters to “protest” and “take our nation back.”
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has neither confirmed nor denied reports of a possible arrest. However, it is known that his office has been investigating Trump for almost five years for allegedly directing his former lawyer Michael Cohen to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to supposedly secure her silence during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Earlier this month, the Manhattan DA’s office officially invited the former president to testify before a grand jury investigating the case – a move that people familiar with the matter say suggests the prosecution may be nearing an indictment.
While Bragg’s office may yet choose not to seek Trump’s arrest, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have reportedly been discussing security preparations in the event of the former president being indicted, according to multiple media outlets, citing anonymous sources.
Trump’s lawyers, meanwhile, have accused Bragg of “weaponizing” the legal system and leveraging a misdemeanor charge into a felony, despite federal prosecutors not even deeming it worthy of prosecution.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as other top Republican leaders, have blasted the New York prosecutor for using his position to pursue a leftist political agenda and ignoring actual crimes that happen in the city every single day.