By Politico. Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could indict former President Donald Trump while he’s at Mar-a-Lago, according to two high-ranking county officials involved in planning sessions.
Among the topics discussed in those meetings: how to handle the thorny extradition issues that could arise if an indictment moves forward.
An obscure clause in Florida’s statute on interstate extradition gives Gov. Ron Desantis the ability to intervene and even investigate whether an indicted “person ought to be surrendered” to law enforcement officials from another state — which means that as Mar-a-Lago prepares to close down for the season and Trump relocates to Bedminster, N.J., it isn’t just the Florida heat he’s leaving behind: He could lose a key piece of political protection.
“The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” says Joe Abruzzo, clerk of the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, the official who would be in charge of opening a potential fugitive-at-large case. (Read more from “How Palm Beach Is Preparing For A Possible Trump Indictment” HERE)
Florida Officials Are Preparing ‘Contingency Plans’ For A Trump Indictment From New York, Report Says
By Business Insider. As the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump enters its final stages, officials in Florida are preparing for “thorny extradition issues that could arise” from a statute in the Sunshine State, Politico Playbook first reported on Thursday.
Two officials involved in the “contingency plans” told Politico that law-enforcement personnel in Palm Beach County were looking at what to do if Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation results in an indictment while Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. . .
If Trump were indicted while in New Jersey, extradition issues could prove less tricky because the state is led by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who would likely be less sympathetic to the one-term president.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that his perceived political foes are out to get him after his presidency and has expressed concern about several ongoing federal and state criminal investigations into his financial dealings. Insider previously reported that Trumpworld was largely shrugging off the Justice Department’s investigation into the Capitol riot but saw more danger in Vance’s inquiry and a separate investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia.
The New York investigation is examining whether the Trump Organization violated state laws when it facilitated hush-money payments to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Vance’s office secured a major victory earlier this year when the Supreme Court cleared the way for it to obtain Trump’s closely held tax returns. (Read more from “Florida Officials Are Preparing ‘Contingency Plans’ For A Trump Indictment From New York, Report Says” HERE)
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